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Floods displace thousands in CL

Continuous moderate to heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon have forced thousands of people in low-lying and coastal areas in Bulacan to leave their homes and move to evacuation shelters in various parts of the region.

Reports from Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) showed that several villages in the towns of Marilao and Bocaue and in the cities of Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan were inundated by floodwater due to continuous downpour in the past three days.

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Central Luzon map / Photo by Scorpion prinz at en.wikipedia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Of the total 1,559 people who fled their homes to stay at temporary shelters, 1,101 are from Marilao, 364 from Meycauayan and 95 from San Maria.

Josefina Timoteo, regional of the Office of Civil and chairwoman of the Defense Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) said there are also villages in Pampanga, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales that remain flooded but no evacuation has been made so far.

The villages in Pampanga include those in the coastal towns in the Fourth District.

Joel Mapiles, head of the Pampanga Public Information Office said some barangays in the coastal towns of Macabebe, Minalin and Masantol in the fourth district were affected by floods due to high tide during downpour.

Mapiles, however, allayed the fears of Pampanga residents on the current flood situation and displacement of storm-affected families in the province.

“So far, maganda pa po ang sitwasyon at wala pa tayong naitalang evacuees, dahil mababa pa lamang ang tubig sa mga bayang nabanggit. Hindi pa dapat mag-worry, pero we advise them to take the precautionary measures particularly the residents nearby Pampanga River and other water tributaries in the province,” Mapiles told the Manila Bulletin.

In Olongapo City, several villages in low-lying areas were also submerged in 7 inches to knee-deep flood water causing traffic jams along Gordon heights, Rizal Avenue and other routes going Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Kalaklan and Sta. Rita and vice versa.

In Bataan, some villages in the towns of Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Morong, Orani, Orion and Samal are still flooded, RDRRMC3 said.