Mayana under siege

On the afternoon of March 16, 2011, Mayana suffered a huge blow due to heavy rain. A landslide occurred at Sitio Sampong. Thigh-deep mudflow blocked the road and prevented motorists from passing. Stranded motorists waded in the mud just to get to the other side of the road. No casualties were reported.

The heavy downpour started at around 1:00 in the afternoon in the upper barangays of the town and stopped at around 3 PM. It immediately generated flooding in the barangay and caused damage to three houses at Purok 3 in Mayana.

According to FO2 Rico Tadena, surging water not accommodated by the culverts was redirected and totally wrecked the house of Antonio Gallano; washed out the garage and fish pond of Dick Lasdoce and damaged the kitchen of Nersa Timbal.

Water coming from uphill fell quickly downhill towards the low-laying road filling the drainage. Failure of the drainage to accommodate the rushing water caused flooding along the highway.

The Jagna Emergency Mobile Rescue Unit (JEMRU) promptly responded to the call of the residents.

On the other hand, water coming from the Alejawan river spilled over the river dikes flooding the nearby area and damaging the ricefields as reported by PO3 Dionilo Tapang.

Damaged house of Antonio Gallano. (Foto/FO2 Rico Tadena)