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'Agaton' closes major roads in EVisayas

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 11/04/2022 Jomar Canlas

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday said that at least five national roads in Eastern Visayas were closed to all types of vehicles due to flooding, landslides, fallen trees and debris and bridges damaged by Tropical Depression Agaton.

DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado said the affected road sections because of landslides are the following: Arteche-Jipapad-Las Navas-Rawis Road in Barangay Bigo, Arteche, Eastern Samar and Sto. Rosario-Villaba Road in Barangay Hibulangan, Villaba, Leyte due to flooding; Tacloban Baybay South Road in Barangay Cuatro de Agosto, Mahaplag, Leyte due to landslide; Daang Maharlika, Sogod-Libagon Section in Southern Leyte due to possible occurrence of landslide or soil erosion; and Abuyog-Silago Road in Barangay Imelda, Silago, Southern Leyte.

Nine national roads with limited access were also reported by the DPWH in Calabarzon, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen regions.

Five other road sections in Eastern Visayas were only passable to heavy vehicles due to flooding.

Also closed were the Mainit-San Miguel-Santol Road in Barangay Santol, San Miguel, Leyte due to flooding; Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road in Barangay San Isidro, Sta. Fe, Leyte; Calubian-San Isidro-Tabango-Villaba-Palompon Road in Leyte; Tacloban Baybay South Road in Barangay Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte; Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte Boundary Road in Barangay Hipusngo, VSU Market, and Barangay Punta, in Baybay City and Talisay, Hilongos, Leyte.

In Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen, floodwaters have also limited parts of the roads to one lane, the DPWH said. These roads include the Kapalong-Talaingod-Valencia Road in Lumbayao, Valencia City and Salug Bridge in Barangay San Jose, San Fernando, Bukidnon due to scouring of abutment; and Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig-Palimbang-Sarangani Road in Barangay Bolebak, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.

Mercado said quick response teams were deployed to monitor or clear affected road sections.

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