A total of 25 families living along Canaway River in Brgy. 3, Siaton town were evacuated last night due to flooding. 

The local government of Siaton evacuated the families after the river’s water level rose and overflowed due to the rains brought by Typhoon Lawin, Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo said. 

The affected families were temporarily sheltered at the municipal gym where they spent the night. 

They were brought back to their respective homes early this morning, said Sedillo. 

“The provincial government has today extended food packs to the affected families to augment the relief goods being done by the Siaton government,” he added. 

Barangay 3 is one of the critical flood-prone areas in Siaton town. 

In 2009, at least 17 families were evacuated from the barangay due to flashfloods at the Canaway River. 

Overcast skies and moderate to heavy rains persisted over the province in the past few days due to Typhoon Lawin. 

Latest Pagasa weather report showed the typhoon was spotted 585 kilometers east of Baler with maximum winds of 195 kph. 

Governor Roel Degamo reiterated his call for people living along rivers and other low-lying areas in the province to be alert of possible floods and landslides. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)