MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Obando in Bulacan has placed the town under state of calamity after its 11 barangays were submerged in flood waters brought by typhoon "Pedring."
Speaking to ANC, Obando Mayor Orencio Gabriel said the damage sustained by the coastal town was worse than what super typhoon Ondoy brought 2 years ago.
According to Gabriel, around 600 houses were destroyed by the typhoon. Eight dykes supposed to hold off water from Manila Bay were also destroyed.
“Masahol pa po ito kay Ondoy, dahil noong kay Ondoy walang nasirang bahay dito. Nasira din po ang 8 dyke namin,” he said.
Gabriel said there are over 5,000 residents staying in evacuation centers across the town. Around 1,500 of these evacuees are in Obando National High School.
Meanwhile, four children drowned at the height of the typhoon, Gabriel added.
Obando was submerged in neck-deep water during Pedring’s onslaught on Tuesday. Gabriel said flood waters have yet to subside.
Most areas in the town are still isolated due to impassable roads, said Gabriel. He also appealed for help as the local government is almost out of food and medicine to distribute to affected residents. – Report from ANC; Dennis Datu, dzMM