Heavy rains bring floods, landslides in Cebu City

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, September 16) — Flooding and minor landslides hit several areas of Cebu City following hours of continuous rains, disaster management officials said Wednesday.

The first landslide buried two houses in Talamban while a similar incident occurred at the Divine Home Subdivision in Laguerta, Barangay Lahug on Tuesday night.

A landslide also affected 12 families in Kalunasan, an upland barangay, at about the same time.

The total number of families affected by the landslides are still being verified by the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Earlier in the day, CCDRRMO Officer in Charge Ramil Ayuman said another landslide at Downsview in the upland barangay of Busay buried a motorcycle and damaged at least four houses.

Families were also rescued from flooding brought by heavy downpour on Tuesday evening, while rains are "on-and-off" up until Wednesday. The flood waters, however, have already subsided.

Ayuman said there were no reports of fatalities nor injuries from the floods and the landslides around Cebu City.

Most of the flooded areas in the city are in low-lying portions of barangays Tisay, Labangon, Kamputhaw and Mabolo, where some families had to be rescued by village emergency units.

In Barangay Tisa alone, six families or at least 20 individuals including children were brought to the barangay hall after they were rescued from their flooded homes. There were no details yet on the other flooding incidents.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned on Wednesday that flooding and rain-induced landslides may still occur within the day as Tropical Storm Leon, internationally called Noul, maintained its strength as of 11:00 a.m.

It is unlikely to make landfall and directly affect Philippine territory for the rest of the day but it may reach severe tropical storm category as it exits the country within 24 hours.

READ: Tropical Depression 'Leon' intensifies into a tropical storm 

CNN Philippines Cebu Correspondent Dale Israel contributed to this report.