LGUs declare state of calamity, as floodwaters rise

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2018 06:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2019 02:49 PM

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(6th UPDATE) Several local government units declared a state of calamity on Saturday, as floodwaters continued to rise throughout the because of heavy rains.

Mayor Femy Domingo of Licab town, Nueva Ecija, declared a state of calamity Saturday afternoon.

In an interview with radio DZMM, Domingo said 2,632 families are affected by rising water in her town, which has been flooded for about 3 days now.

"May dumating na pong relief pero hindi pa rin po enough para sa mga iba’t ibang lugar. Isang barangay lang po ang hindi affected pero lahat po ng aming palayan is affected for 2 to 3 days," she said.

Domingo sought medical aid, relief goods and livelihood assistance for the town's farmers.

"Nananawagan po ako sa mga government agencies, lalo na po sa Department of Agriculture, na sana po makarating ang tulong para sa aming magsasaka at mga relief din po," she said.

The town of Licab in Nueva Ecija has been submerged in flood for around three days due to heavy rainfall. Courtesy of Licab, Nueva Ecija Facebook page

The town of Licab in Nueva Ecija has been submerged in flood for around three days due to heavy rainfall. Courtesy of Licab, Nueva Ecija Facebook page

The town of Licab in Nueva Ecija has been submerged in flood for around three days due to heavy rainfall. Courtesy of Licab, Nueva Ecija Facebook page

The town of Licab in Nueva Ecija has been submerged in flood for around three days due to heavy rainfall. Courtesy of Licab, Nueva Ecija Facebook page

The town of Licab in Nueva Ecija has been submerged in flood for around three days due to heavy rainfall. Courtesy of Licab, Nueva Ecija Facebook page

The mayor added that town officials have delivered relief goods to residents who opted to stay inside their homes, while 157 evacuees have been housed in two buildings.

"So far every year talagang nagkakaroon po kami ng baha pero hindi po ganito kataas ang baha namin nae-encounter, maybe because of the how many heavy rains for how many days or more than a week," Domingo told ANC.

"That's why nagkaroon siguro ng pagtaas ng water sa ilog which is meron kaming river na malapit dito. Ongoing construction 'yung kanyang riprapping kaya siguro 'yun 'yung naka-affect sa amin."

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PANGASINAN

The cities of Dagupan and San Carlos, and the towns of Santa Barbara, Bugallon, Lingayen, and Mangatarem in Pangasinan have also been placed under a state of calamity.

Rondale Castillo, information officer of Pangasinan-Provincial Risk Reduction Disaster Management Office, said 15 areas in the province have been submerged in flood:

- Agno
- Alaminos
- Bautista
- Bayambang
- Bugallon
- Calasiao
- Dagupan
- Dasol
- Lingayen
- Malasiqui
- Mangaterem
- Natividad
- Urdaneta
- San Carlos
- Santa Barbara

The Pangasinan-PRRDMO said an embankment in Alibago, Santa Barbara broke and caused the Sinucalan River to overflow, which then affected the water level of tributaries to Calasiao and Dagupan City.

Ronn Castillo, research and planning officer of Pangasinan-PDRRMO, said they are monitoring the water level San Roque Dam, which is at 261.12 meters as of midnight Sunday.

"Posibleng maapektuhan nito ang eastern at central Pangasinan. Ngayong panahon, as of latest report po, ang mga ilog natin ay talaga nasa critical levels na ho. Kapag nag-release pa ang dam ay mas delikado na," Castillo told radio DZMM.

"Pero wala pa naman hong abiso talaga, medyo malayo pa siya sa ceiling level."

--With a report from Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News