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Bulacan still on alert, prepares for the effects of Habagat
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
CITY OF MALOLOS – Due to non-stop rains brought by Habagat or the Southwest Monsoon, the Provincial Government of Bulacan continues to monitor and prepare for precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the Bulakenyos.

As per Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado’s instruction, who is also the chairman of the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), the PDRRMC Operation Center continues to coordinate with the local government units in the province, as well as the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, 48th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, rescue teams and other government agencies which concerns calamity related situations.

The PGB also gets updates from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather bulletin, the water levels of Angat, Bustos and IPO Dams, and the Pampanga River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.

At present, the water level of Ipo Dam is 101.28 meters; Bustos Dam holds 17.66 meters of water, while Angat Dam carries 183.20 meters of which is still lower from its spilling level of 210 meters.

As of 2:00 am until 9:15 am today, Ipo Dam has already released around 310.50 cms of water while Bustos dam released 200 cms of water.

Further, as of 8:00 am today, PDRRMO reported that 802 families from the towns of Marilao and Calumpit were affected by heavy floods that measures one to three feet.

It was also reported that around 11 families or 55 individuals from Brgy. Pio Cruzcosa in Calumpit were evacuated to the nearby evacuation center in Brgy. Bugion Multi-Puprose Hall located in the same town.

Meanwhile, Alvarado said that according to the Provincial Agriculture Office’s report, the damages caused by Habagat in the sectors of agriculture and fishery reached the amount of P1,391,950.

The governor also said that the line of communication among the local government units must be kept open and clear to promptly address the possibility of back flooding as well as the spread of diseases associated with non-stop raining.

PDRRMC reported three deaths because of drowning.

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