MANILA - The city of Balanga in Bataan province declared a state of calamity on Sunday as floods continued to rise amid heavy monsoon rains.
Balanga Mayor Francis Garcia has advised residents to take the necessary precautions as the local government mobilized its units for evacuation.
He also urged residents who need help amid the continued rains to contact concerned local government units through 0917-811 7117 or 0919-911 7117.
Aside from Balanga, chest-deep floods were also reported in the adjacent town of Abucay.
Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense and the the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said they have received reports of flash floods in various areas of Bataan, and are in constant communication with local disaster officials there.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA issued a red rainfall warning in Bataan, which meant "serious flooding" was threatening the province.
PAGASA said parts of Luzon will continue to experience rains as tropical depression Josie continues to enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon.
"Resulta pa rin ito ng weather disturbance na nag-enhance ng habagat. Mino-moniotor naman natin itong nangyaring pagbaha sa Bataan," Jalad told radio DZMM. -report from Rod Izon, ABS-CBN News