'Paolo' triggers floods in parts of Negros Oriental, state of calamity declared

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2017 05:17 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2017 07:05 PM

Huge rocks scattered on roads in Valencia, Negros Oriental make it difficult for vehicles to pass through following the onslaught of Typhoon Paolo. Annie Perez, ABS-CBN New

Local government units have declared a state of calamity in Dumaguete City and Valencia town in Negros Oriental following floods triggered by Typhoon 'Paolo.'

Local officials made the declaration to enable the release of quick response funds to readily provide aid to affected residents. 

In Valencia, around 80 families were evacuated due to flooding brought about by the swelling of Okoy River following heavy rains.

Huge rocks scattered on roads in Valencia, Negros Oriental make it difficult for vehicles to pass through following the onslaught of Typhoon Paolo. Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News​​​​​​​

While floodwaters have subsided, cracks on roads and huge rocks left on highways make it difficult for vehicles to pass by.

Meanwhile in Dumaguete City, around a thousand individuals from different barangays have sought shelter in evacuation centers.

The Negros Oriental Electric Company has begun addressing reported power outages. Clearing operations on damaged spillways are also underway.

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo said residents are yet to be advised to return to their homes amid intermittent rains.

Typhoon Paolo, currently tracking north northeast off Basco, Batanes, brought rains as it grazed the Philippines but is not expected to make landfall.