rains cause damages to several roads and bridges in Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council and the Department of
Public Works and Highways provided a situational report on the roads
and bridges which have been affected by the continuous heavy rains in
In the province of
Biliran, all road sections are passable to traffic. No damages were
noted except for washed out surfacing materials and clogged-up
No damages were
reported in the province of Leyte except for the washed out surfacing
materials and clogged up waterways in Leyte II.
In Tacloban City,
however, although all roads and bridges are passable to traffic,
damaged grouted riprap due to flooding has been observed along
Maharlika Highway, KM 903+000 at the Nulatula section, while grouted
riprap and surfacing materials washed out along Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe
section has also been reported. The total estimated cost or repair was
placed at P10 million.
In Samar II, roadways
were flooded due to clogged up ditches and cross drainages, but all
roads are passable to traffic. Declogging of ditches and drainages are
now being undertaken.
Eastern Samar appears
to be mostly affected by the heavy rains because of the landslide
which occurred in the evening of November 13 along the junction of the
Buenavista-Lawaan-Marabut Road, KM 995+400 in Barangay Sto. Nino,
Quinapondan, Eastern Samar.
The landslide caused
the total closure to traffic of the said national road. Vehicles bound
for Eastern Samar were directed to take the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road.
Warning signs were installed and the DPWH maintenance team undertook
emergency removal of debris. On Nov. 14, half lane of the affected
road portion was opened to traffic. Estimated cost of the damage was
placed at P850,000.
Also in East Samar,
along Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, San Julian Road Section, KM 924+721,
the DPWH reported damaged slope protection at Bugas Bridge approach
with estimated cost of damage placed at P500,000. Said section,
however, is passable to all types of vehicles. The DPWH engineering
district in Borongan reported that installation of warning signs were
In the second district
of Northern Samar, the mainland road network are all passable to
traffic. No occurrence of overflowing or landslides were reported
except for the observed scouring that has started at the bridges
approaches due to increasing flood water in the Bantayan and Dale
rivers in San Roque, Northern Samar. The DPWH said that the condition
of the two rivers is now closely monitored for possible inundation due
to strong currents and increasing water levels.
All roads and bridges
within the Northern Samar first district are passable to traffic.
Meanwhile, the Region
continuous to experience rains. The Office of Civil Defense reported
that a low pressure area was spotted at 80 kms of Northern Mindanao
and the difused tail end of a cold front affecting the Bicol Region,
will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms
beaming widespread rains over the Eastern sections of Visayas and
Moderate to strong
winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over northern and
eastern Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these
areas will be moderate to rough.