Over 1,800 people evacuate in Pampanga due to floods
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Some 1,851 people were evacuated in this province due to flooding caused by monsoon rains.
Angelina Blanco, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) officer, said 249 persons from 6 flooded barangays of San Fernando, 1,598 persons from Dila-Dila and San Juan barangays in Sta Rita town, and 4 from the barangay of Tenejero in Bacolor town have been brought to safer areas as of Sunday, August 14.
Blanco said the evacuees are currently staying in multi-purpose halls, covered courts, schools, and church buildings in San Fernando, Sta Rita, and Bacolor.
In the capital city of San Fernando, bridges in San Agustin, Sto Niño and St Jude overflowed due to garbage siltation, while the San Pedro-Sta Lucia tail dike in Sta Ana town had to be reinforced with sandbags.
The Baliuag-Candaba Road in Candaba town became impassable to all types of vehicles, while the Rotunda area of Dolores and Ponduan along the old public market in San Fernando has been impassable to light vehicles since Saturday, August 13.
Some areas in the capital city and the towns of Guagua, Lubao, Macabebe, Masantol, Mexico, Sta Ana, and San Simon also experienced floods up to 3 feet deep.
The Pampanga PDRRM Council activated an operations center at the city terminal in San Fernando. The council also deployed disaster response equipment like trucks and rubber boats. – Rappler.com
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