Heavy rains flood 104 barangays-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 104 barangays from the Pampanga’s 11 towns and one city have been submerged in floodwaters as of Monday afternoon, partial reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said.
The towns of Macabebe (25 barangays), Masantol (11), Minalin (1), San Simon (2), Candaba (1), Bacolor (3), Sta.Rita (5), Sasmuan (11), Guagua (26), Floridablanca (3), Lubao (12) and the City of San Fernando, (4) remains under flood.
PDRRMC chief Angie Blanco said the Provincial Government, since Sunday afternoon, has started monitoring each municipality, particularly the status of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike.
Minalin town was placed on red alert following a critical condition of the said dike at the portion of Sta. Rita.
Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores said if the heavy downpour continues, there will likely be a breach, which will affect seven barangays of the town.
Six families in Barangay Castuli, Macabebe here have temporarily been evacuated in an elementary school, due to the unusual volume of water at the river as a result of the recent heavy downpour.
The evacuated residents include six adults and 23 children.
Reports from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council show that all 25 barangays here are submerged in floodwaters.
The Saplad David road, as of press time, is not passable to all types of vehicles, leaving a portion of the Arnedo Dike as an alternate route.
Other private motorists may also take another alternate route going to Apalit and Manila at Barangay Tacasan.
Meanwhile, the national road located in Barangay San Gabriel is still passable to all types of vehicles as of Monday afternoon.
In Masantol town, residents were likewise exposed to danger with the overflowing of a secondary dike near Sapang Kawayan and Nigue.
Reports said 10 barangays here were also flooded.
The Barangay Sta. Lucia road was also not passable to light vehicles.
Meanwhile, rescue operations was ongoing on Monday in Hermosa and Dinalupihan, both in Bataan, as their barangays are under four to five feet floodwaters due to Tropical Storm "Maring."
The Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Central Luzon said there are at least 5,880 families or 23,384 individuals in Hermosa town who were evacuated to higher ground.
Flooded barangays and affected families in Hermosa include Almacen with 1,050 families; Daungan, 450; Burgos, 300; Mabuco, 750; Pulo, 430; Saba, 500; A. Rivera, 700; Mandama, 800; Cataning, 500; and Sto. Cristo, 400.
The affected families were evacuated to higher places such as schools and barangay halls, the RDRRMC said.
In Dinalupihan town, majority of its barangays are under two to four feet floodwaters.
Heavily flooded in the only land-locked town in Bataan are the villages of Mabini Extension, Luakan, New San Jose, Sto. Nino, Poblacion, Padre Dandan, Pagalanggang and Layac.
As of press time, the Gapan–Olongapo Road in Layac is not passable to light vehicles. Also not passable to light vehicles are portions of MacArthur Highway in the town of Samal and the entrance of the four-lane road and barangay Ibayo in Balanga City.
Classes in all levels in Bataan have been suspended due to several flooded areas in the province.
In Samal town, barangays Daan-Bago, San Roque, Santa Lucia and Bubuyog are inundated in one-foot floodwaters as of 4 a.m. Monday, the report said.
At 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., rains temporarily stopped after hitting the province almost the whole night but bursts of thunder once in a while roared, followed by lightning. But at past 5 a.m., rains again continued.
The RDRRMC said that "kuliglig" (hand tractor), used in plowing ricelands, and bancas were the means of transportation in going in and out of some barangays that has floodwaters of up to waist-deep.
Travel in the morning at the Roman superhighway from Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Balanga City, Pilar, Orion and Limay was almost under zero visibility.
Some portions of both the Roman superhighway and MacArthur Highway are underwater, but passable to all kinds of vehicles. Some lands planted with rice in barangay Tuyo in Balanga are also flooded.
The RDRRMC said among the provinces in Central Luzon, Bataan was the hardest hit of the tropical storm. (Jovi de Leon/Herbert P. Mapiles/Ric Sapnu)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 20, 2013.