Local residents in Negros Occidental "no choice" but to zipline to cross river

- A number of residents in a city in Negros Occidental were compelled to zipline across a river just to get to work

- The river was destroyed by heavy floods and the residents do not have a more feasible way to work

- A raft could not be used because the current was too strong so it would pose more danger to the residents who were crossing the river

- The local government is already making plans to build a new bridge but it will still be up for bidding

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Local residents of Barangay Hawaiian, Silay, Negros Occidental, were compelled to use a zipline when they go to work because the bridge was destroyed by the floods.

Adrian Prietos, in 24 Oras Weekend's report, revealed that the zipline was a bit dangerous but the residents simply do not have a choice.

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One resident, Neljean Mercado, said that if they do not go to work, they would not have any income considering that they do not have a pension. He also said that his wife is sick.

Another resident, Edna Britanico, stated that one also rode the zipline but he ended up having breathing difficulties and was brought to the hospital thereafter.

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Videos never fail to attract the attention of viewers. There have been so many videos uploaded on social media that have gone viral. In some cases, the videos are that of the regular netizen, and in other instances, there are those that are made by celebrities.

Many celebrities have taken to social media to appeal for help for the victims in Cagayan Valley. The hashtag #CagayanNeedsHelp trended after waters rushed so suddenly and high that it rendered the area become like the Pacific Ocean. Some of the celebrities who appealed to the public for Cagayan were Angel Locsin, Robi Domingo, Bianca Gonzalez, and Richard Juan. VP Leni Robredo coordinated with the AFP and the marines following the cry for help of residents trended on social media.

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During floods, there are items you should have in your emergency bag/kit that you could quickly grab if ever an earthquake, flood, or landslide occurs. Also, there are ways listed that you can do when an earthquake strikes in your place and the emergency hotlines you can contact.

As reported by the Philippine Star, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) listed the items you can include in your kit: Whistle, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, emergency medication (medicines for fever, diarrhea, wound, etc.), drinking water, etc.

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