Nueva Ecija under state of calamity


Posted at Sep 30 2011 12:53 AM | Updated as of Sep 30 2011 04:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Ten people were rescued in a village in Nueva Ecija on Thursday, including 5 children and an infant, after raging floods isolated their homes.

The rescue team had launched search and rescue operations on Wednesday, but floodwaters made it difficult for them to reach the homes of the stranded residents.

Two choppers from the Philippine Coast Guard were deployed to the area for aerial monitoring.

The towns of Cabiao, San Isidro, San Antonio and Jaen in Nueva Ecija were submerged in floods, prompting authorities to put the entire province under a state of calamity.

“Initially, there are 185,000 hectares that are affected pero hindi pa kasama diyan ang per district. Kapag kasama ang per district, the number will rise,” said Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali.

One was reported killed while another person remains missing due to the floods caused by Typhoon Pedring. -- Report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News