BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Fifteen barangays located near major rivers and creeks in Bacolod City have been identified as areas of concern due to Typhoon Odette, executive assistant Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head for Disaster Risk Reduction Management, said yesterday.
Vargas said they have also conducted pre-emptive evacuation in Brgy. Singcang involving six families yesterday afternoon. These families are now housed at the J.R. Torres Elementary School.
Additional families are reportedly being prepared for evacuation, he said.
Vargas said the barangays that have been identified as areas of concern include Barangays Bata and Banago which are situated along the Banago Creek; Purok Carvic, Mandalagan and Brgy. 1 which are along the Mandalagan River; Barangays 2, 8, 10 and 12 which are situated along the Mambulok Creek; Barangays 27, 40, Taculing, and Singcang-Airport which are along the Magsungay River, and Barangays Alijis and Mansilingan located along the Lupit River; and the coastal area of Brgy. Pahanocoy that lies within the Pahanocoy Creek.
Negros Occidental has been categorized under Signal No. 4 yesterday, he said.
Two trees have fallen due to very strong winds along Brgy. Sum-ag and another in Brgy. 8 or 6, Vargas said.
Rescue groups have already been deployed in the different barangays of Bacolod City in preparation for Typhoon Odette.*