Shearline affects 51 brgys in Western Visayas

Some 51 barangays in the provinces of Aklan and Capiz were affected by rains caused by the shear line that displaced families and individuals. The inclement weather was anticipated by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration to bring rain to the northern parts of Panay Island and Negros Occidental this week. Based on data, the Office of Civil Defense 6 (OCD 6) said that a total of 620 families or 2,400 individuals in 14 barangays of Aklan as well as 14,844 families or 46,729 individuals in 37 villages in Capiz were affected by the weather disturbance as of 11:00 p.m. of Nov. 20. Further, the OCD initial report said that 31 areas in the Capiz were submerged to floodwaters that led the 212 families or 643 persons to seek shelter to the nearest evacuation areas. While around 48 families or 173 individuals were served in two evacuation centers in Aklan. Some barangays in Sigma, Capiz were reported to have suffered from 4-6-meter-deep flood water. The MDRRMOs in Capiz conducted rescue operations and help in the evacuation of affected families in their respective areas of responsibilities. Flooding also rendered some eight road sections not passable to land transportation based on the report. The OCD 6 is continuously monitoring the situation and is in close coordination with the different provincial, city and municipal DRRMO in the region. (PIA 6) CAPTION Members of MDRRMO Dumalag help in the evacuation of affected families in Dumalag, Capiz due to rising flood waters amid heavy rain caused by "Shearline."