Floods rise in Bulacan days after Mangkhut onslaught

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Posted at Sep 18 2018 10:14 AM | Updated as of Sep 29 2019 04:13 PM

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MANILA - Floodwaters swamped parts of Bulacan province on Tuesday, following a weekend of heavy rains brought by typhoon Ompong (International name: Mangkhut), a local official said. 

The floods rose after the Pampanga River, which flows through several towns in Bulacan, swelled from catching waters from neighboring provinces, said disaster officer Liz Mungcal. 

The "back flooding" has inundated 20 villages in Calumpit town, 4 in Hagonoy, and some parts of Pulilan. 

"Kasalukuyan na tumataas pa ang tubig," Mungcal told radio DZMM. 

(The waters are still rising.)

The floods were already 2 feet high in some areas, as of 12 noon. 

Some 330 families or 950 individuals have fled to evacuation centers, she said. 

This is the third time this year that "back flooding" struck Bulacan, she added. 

Mangkhut, the world's strongest storm so far this year, forced tens of thousands into evacuation centers over the weekend and swamped farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn. 

The confirmed death toll from the typhoon has reached 65 and was expected to rise further given the number of missing. 

DZMM, 18 September 2018