Massive flooding hits Dagupan, 18 b’gays under state of calamity

August 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment


By ALEX ROMEO R. FERNANDEZ

DAGUPAN CITY—More than half of the total 31 communities in this city have been declared under state of calamity due to severe flooding caused by continuous rains over the week.
The heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon, or habagat, caused severe flooding in the city that prompted the sangguniang panlungsod to declare barangays Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Pogo Grande, Pogo Chico, Malued, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Tapuac, Pantal, Lucao, Calmay, Barangay 1, Barangay 2 and 3, Herrero-Perez East, Mayombo, Bonuan Gueset and Bonuan Boquig under state of calamity.
Floodwaters have inundated the city’s central business district by almost one foot or more, which is even deeper in low-lying communities.
Classes in elementary and high school levels were suspended together with work in government offices.
The flooding has also caused several families to flee from their homes and evacuate to the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome and the Bacayao Sur barangay hall.
As of Tuesday, there was a total of 474 individuals from 157 families who have fled to the evacuation areas.
Ronaldo C. De Guzman, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), said in an interview last Friday that the evacuees are still staying at the Astrodome and are being provided by the local government with hot meals regularly.
Children, on the other hand, were given prophylactic medicine for water-borne diseases, as well as vaccine and vitamin A drops.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez personally distributed packs of relief goods to affected families in barangay Pantal, Lucao and Malued.
De Guzman said the flooding might still persist until after the weekend as recession of the flood waters was to be gradual or slow.
Rescue operations and evacuation efforts are being conducted jointly by the Philippine Navy, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the City Engineering Office (CEO), Public Order and Safety Office (POSO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Health Office (CHO), and the City Nutrition Office (CNO). (CIO/08232013)

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