AS IF the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is not enough, residents of two villages in San Simon have to endure yet another challenge, as floodwaters started to inundate their houses.
With just a typhoon and the monsoon rains affecting the province in the past week, the floodwaters in a portion of Barangay Sta. Monica in San Simon has already reached knee-deep level.
"Ngayon pa lang, baha na ang buong bahay namin. Ang mga gamit nakataas lang pero kung magtutuloy pa ang ulan, malamang aabutan na rin," said Fe Caballero, one of the residents in the barangay.
She said flooding in their area has started as early as June, but worsened due to continuous heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon.
"Nagtatambak naman kami para sana hindi na abutan ang bahay namin ng tubig pero taun-taon, palala ng palala ang sitwasyon namin. Para kaming isda na nakakababad sa tubig umaga't gabi," Caballero added.
Another resident, Janice Aguilar, expressed fear that her children may catch illnesses due to regularly wading the stagnant floodwater.
"Ngayon po, nagkakasinat na sila dahil sa kakababad sa tubig. Mabuti po sana kung ganun lang ang makuha nilang sakit sa ganitong klase ng sitwasyon namin," she said.
Just like the past few years, the residents said flooding is expected to rise up to waist-deep level if downpour of rain will be continuous.
"Sigurado tataas pa ito dahil kakaumpisa lang ng tag-ulan at malamang maswerte na kami kung sa December matutuyo ang mga daanan namin dahil nung mga nakaraang taon, pasko na pero baha pa rin kami," said another resident, Neri De Leon.
Caballero, Aguilar and De Leon are just three of the some 50 families or 150 individuals residing in the said sitio and enduring the same situation.
The affected residents pleaded to concerned government officials and employees to rescue them from the worsening flooding condition in their area.
"Sana po mahanapan nila ng solusyon itong taon-taong problema namin. Sobrang apektado na ang aming kabuhayan, ari-arian at lalung-lalo na ang aming kalusugan," they said.
They added: "Paganahin po ang mga kanal sa Quezon Road para dumaloy po ang tubig at hindi makulong at maging swimming pool ang aming mga bahay."
Based on Friday noon's (July 30) report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, five -- including Barangay San Isidro and Sta. Monica which are both parallel to Quezon Road -- were experiencing flooding.
Major roads such as the CDCP junction and the San Simon-Baliwag road, and the municipal hall were also submerged in up to three feet of floodwaters as of July 30.