Flashfloods hit ‘never before flooded’ Bataan villages
Villages here in Bataan that have not been submerged in floodwaters in years have experienced flash floods due to incessant rains.
Many residents in Barangays Calaguiman and Santa Lucia got out of their houses when flood waters caused by the swollen Calaguiman River came inundating the villages.
Many houses were placed under water in Calaguiman where the water level in some areas rose waist-deep.
Calaguiman barangay marshals JR Zulueta and Mestor Montano said the flood started to hit the village at 10 a.m. Sunday.
“Malakas ang ulan at bumaba ang tubig galing sa bundok (The rains were strong and waters cascaded from the mountain),” they said.
The marshals, police officers and the Bureau of Fire Protection were guarding the bridge, driving away people in fear that the bridge may collapse.
Barangays San Juan, Daan Bago East and West and Ibaba in Samal, Bataan also experienced flooding.
Reports showed that some portions of the MacArthur and Roman highways were no longer passable to all types of vehicles.
Many areas in Bataan’s 11 towns and one city were submerged in flood waters due to continuous downpour.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), six villages in the towns of Hermosa were flooded up to five feet deep, which include Barangays Almacen, Parayray, Pulo, Daungan Proper, A. Rivera, and Sto. Cristo.
In Balanga City, flood waters up to waist-deep hit the areas near the city’s commercial district.
As this developed, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Balanga City has already declared a state of calamity.
The city government is currently mobilizing all barangay officials for possible evacuation of residents.
The Bataan National High School and the Bataan People Center have opened their doors to evacuees. Residents living in low-lying areas are advised to evacuate to two-story buildings or houses with second floor for safety.
The municipal government of Dinalupihan also declared a state of calamity on Sunday afternoon.
Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia said rescue operations are ongoing.
Due to massive flooding in the province, Governor Albert Garcia declared the suspension of classes in all levels for both public and private schools and work in government offices in Bataan on Monday.
He said offices or agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and management shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services. (PNA)
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