Floodwaters and heavy rain did not stop the funeral of a 59-year-old farmer in Candoni town, Negros Occidental yesterday afternoon.
About 100 relatives and friends of Aderiano Guaro, 59, joined the 9 kilometer funeral walk from Sitio Paglaum, Barangay Payauan to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Candoni for a mass before he was buried at the municipal cemetery, Nick Lachica, head of the Candoni Assistance on Rescue and Emergency Services (CARES), said.
Pallbearers of Guaro's casket braved almost shoulder-level floodwaters in Sitio Overflow at the boundary of barangays Payauan and East Poblacion at about 3:30 p.m. and walked another three kilometers to reach the church, he said.
Aside from the overflow the funeral marchers passed a section of the road where the water was above waist level, Lachica said.
It was painful to watch the weeping family struggle to get their loved one, who they said died from tonsil complications, to his final resting place, he said.
The Candoni Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) and CARES put upa lifeline at the overflow at 11 a.m. yesterday to ensure the safety of students and teachers crossing the area, which was also used by those who joined the funeral, Lachica added.
The southwest monsoon, enhanced by tropical depression Maring brought on heavy rains in some parts of Negros Occidental yesterday, IsaganiRepublica, weather forecaster of the Provincial Disaster Management and Program Division, said.
Water in the Candoni, Negros Occidental, rivers rose as heavy rains poured yesterday morning spilling over to main roads, Jennifer Magada of the Candoni LDRRMO, said.
In Bacolod City, flooding was reported in some sections of barangaysPahanocoy and Taculing.
InTalisay City, minimal flooding was reported in Zones 10 and 12, Mayor Niel Lizares said, adding that the old drainage in the area needs clearing.
Lizares said a drainage master plan is being prepared for his city.
Alexander Munoz of the Silay City RiskReduction Management Office also reported waters rising slightly in Sitio Golf, Barangay Guinhalaran, and at Domus Dei in Barangay Rizal where water reached waist level and 10 families were pre-evacuated.*CPG
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