TACLOBAN CITY – The shear line-induced heavy rains have caused flooding in Northern and Eastern Samar provinces on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
A source from the local government unit said all 55 barangays in the municipality of Catarman, the capital of Northern Samar, remained flooded as of this writing.
The 12-hour non-stop rains have caused about 2 meters of flood in low-lying areas, prompting residents to use boats while moving around the town proper.
Authorities continued to conduct rescue operations around the municipality, while power interruption has been reported since Monday, starting at 11 pm
In Lope de Vega town, as of Monday, hundreds of individuals have evacuated, while one-meter deep flood has been reported.
A landslide was also reported in Brgy. Bonifacio and Brgy. Cag-aguingay.
The highway in Brgy. Nabang, Oquendo District, along the Catarman—Calbayog Road (via Lope de Vega) is not passable as of this writing.
The municipality of Jipapad in Eastern Samar is also flooded, while the national road along Arteche-Jipapad-Las Navas-Rawis Road in Brgy. Bigo, Arteche is still flooded and not passable to all types of vehicles due to the 2.5-meter flood.
Motorists are still advised to drive with caution, particularly when passing along critical road sections.