Storm surge forces evacuation in Cavite

The Rodeo Bridge in Barangay Esperanza Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite after its foundation gave awaw due to soil erosion and strong river current on Sunday, 12 August 2018. No casualty was reported in the collapse of the bridge and motorists were instructed to take alternate routes. (Alfonso MDRRMO)

Around 277 residents in coastal villages of Noveleta, Cavite were rescued and relocated to the evacuation center on Sunday by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) team due to a storm surge.

A total 74 families or 249 individuals from Barangay San Rafael 3 and another 17 families from Barangay San Rafael 4 were affected from the incessant southwest monsoon rains induced by Tropical Storm Karding, Jeg Alix, head of Noveleta MDRRMO, said.

Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua and officials immediately distributed relief goods at the evacuation site and coastal villages.

Meanwhile, a 13 year-old girl in Tanza town was electrocuted due to floodwaters in Barangay Amaya 5. She was rushed to a nearby family clinic for medication and is now in stable condition.

The MDRRMO also reported that 20 houses destroyed by heavy rains and strong winds, prompting officials to evacuate the residents.

Around 450 residents from coastal Barangays Amaya 5 and Amaya 7 have been transferred to safer sites and evacuation centers and were given relief goods by Tanza Mayor Yuri Pacumio and the MDRRMO.

In Cavite City, Barangay San Antonio residents at the Sangley Point also experienced flooding due to heavy rains on Sunday afternoon.

In Rosario town, four families or 24 individuals from Barangay Sapa 3 were evacuated, according to local MDRRMO head Manny Pueblo.

Indang town Mayor Perfecto Fidel also led the clearing operation of a landslide near the Lulungisan Bridge in Barangay Kaytambog and Tambong Malaki in Noveleta Sunday afternoon.

In Cavite’s upland town of Alfonso, the Esperanza Bridge collapsed when the bridge easement and abutment gave way due to soil erosion and split the 50-meter bridge span in two.

However, no casualty was reported in the incident and security measures have been placed to warn residents and instruct motorists to take alternative routes.

Local officials said the bridge was built in 1993 but its construction was later suspended due to technicalities, prompting the private subdivision construction to abandon the project.

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