SLIDESHOW: The tragedy in Calumpit

By Rem Zamora for

Posted at Sep 30 2011 09:53 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2011 10:23 PM

 The people of Calumpit, Bulacan thought the worst was over when Typhoon Pedring left the country by Wednesday after pounding a vast area of Luzon on Tuesday. After experiencing the rains and flooding that followed Tropical Storm Ondoy over two years ago, they knew the worst should be over when the rains have stopped.
But their worst fears have yet to come. As midnight fell on Thursday, the floodwaters started creeping in and rose continuously. By the next morning, residents of several towns in Bulacan and Pampanga who barely had any sleep woke up to a sea of floodwaters.

Unprecedented in 40 years, 22 barangays in the town of Calumpit became submerged in floodwaters leaving over 26,000 families homeless. Thousands stayed on rooftops even as several other thousands had to be evacuated. 
Water that came from as far as Nueva Ecija and traveled down its natural path to Pampanga and further down to Bulacan remained trapped in areas of Bulacan as several towns in the province acted as a catch basin before the water can exit to Manila Bay. Spill over water from nearby dams of Ipo, Angat and Bustos added to the volume of the flood.
What happened next is captured in this slideshow.
Photos by Rem Zamora for