HUNDREDS of families in Pampanga transferred to evacuation centers due to flooding brought about by tropical depression Henry and severe tropical storm Inday.
In Apalit town, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ordered 116 families residing in Barangay San Vicente and Sampaga to evacuate as the water level in their flooded communities continued to rise.
The displaced families which are composed of at least 499 individuals were staying at the Sampaga Elementary School as of Sunday, July 22.
Barangay officials are monitoring the flooding situation in their area.
A total of 40 families from the two villages of Santo Tomas were also evacuated.
Some 15 families in Barangay Moras Dela Paz took shelter in the barangay covered court while the 25 families in El Gomez Street, Barangay San Matias stayed in Buklod Ning Lugod Function Hall.
The barangay hall of Sapang Biabas in Mabalacat City, likewise, served as refuge for some 10 displaced families in the village.
Some 23 families from the six villages in Macabebe town including Sto. Niño, San Juan, San Gabriel, Saplad David, Sta. Cruz and Telacsan were evacuated due to flooding in their area.
The number of flooded villages in the province continue to rise as heavy rains batter the country.
Based on the latest report of Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, a total of 85 villages already experienced flooding.
The list includes 25 barangays in Macabebe, 12 in Guagua, five in Apalit, 15 in Masantol, two in Bacolor, 11 in Lubao, one in Candaba, five in San Simon, six in Minalin, two in Sto. Tomas and one in San Luis.
These areas were submerged with up to waist-deep of flood water as of yesterday afternoon.
The PDRRMO, headed by Angie Blanco, urged Kapampangans to remain alert and cooperative with local government units to avoid any untoward incidents.