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Flash floods hit Boracay amid heavy rain enhanced by 'Falcon'

Flash floods hit Boracay amid heavy rain enhanced by 'Falcon'

ILOILO CITY — Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Boracay Island on Tuesday amid ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

Flooding, caused by enhanced monsoon rains due to tropical storm “Falcon” also hit Iloilo City and other towns in Iloilo, prompting the cancellation of classes after as it affected several streets in the city and schools.

Boracay residents posted photographs on social media of resident wading in floodwaters reaching up to the waist.

A portion of the main road in Barangay Balabag was briefly impassable due to flooding. The flooding affected Barangay Balabag and parts of Barangay Yapak, according to Catherine Fulgencio, municipal disaster risk reduction officer of Malay town in Aklan where Boracay is located.

The floodwaters reached three feet high in some areas.

Flooding was also reported in D’Mall commercial complex.

An evacuation was being readied for residents in some areas in Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag in anticipation of continued rains, said Fulgencio.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the island to tourists for six months – from April 26 to October 25, 2018 – to undergo rehabilitation amid worsening environmental problems, among others.

But rehabilitation activities, including the upgrading of the main road, drainage, and sewerage systems remain unfinished with several projects set to be completed either next year or 2021. /kga