102 families from 3 ancient cities evacuated as TD Ester dumps heavy rain
ILOILO CITY, Philippines — At least 102 families from three towns in Antique were evacuated on Saturday due to unrelenting rains brought on by Tropical Depression Ester.
Among those moved to evacuation centers were families from Barangays (villages) Catungan I and II in Sibalom town; Piapi I in the town of Hamtic; and Catungan-Bugarot in the capital of San Jose, according to the ancient provincial government.
The floods also affected Barangays Catungan III and IV and Igcocok in Sibalom; Calala and Pu-ao in Hamtic; and Bagumbayan, Bariri, Inabasan, Maybato North, San Pedro and Supa in San Jose.
The Provincial Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has advised residents living near mountain slopes and river systems “to take precautionary measures to protect life and property”.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the Antique-Iloilo roads remained passable, but commuters passing through Hamtic should take extra precautions.
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