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Bulacan government sends out help to typhoon Pedring victims
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS— Some 610 families were evacuated to different government evacuation centers in the town of San Miguel wherein 12 barangays are submerged under 4 to 5 feet of floodwater that came from the severely damaged Bulo dam.

According to the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), a portion of the Bulo dam in Bgy. Malusak collapsed at the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring at 6:00 pm yesterday.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that adding to the effects of Bulo Dam, excess waters from the overflowing Angat dam yesterday began to inundate low lying areas in the province. Flooding in the towns of Norzagaray, Angat, Bustos, Baliuag, San Rafel, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, Hagonoy and Malolos City were aggravated after authorities opened the spill gates of Angat dam Tuesday afternoon as the water elevation reached critical level.

“We continuously coordinated and requested to the dam officials to gradually release excess water from Angat dam, Bustos dam, Ipo dam even before the storm made a landfall to ensure that it will lessen the effects on the towns where the Angat river flows,” added Alvarado.

Alvarado said rescue teams are still in full alert as the water from Angat dam and Ipo dam have began cascading to the low lying towns. Relief operations are also on-going in the affected parts of the province.

PDRRMO also reported that a total of 148 barangays in the province’s 21 towns and 3 cities were submerged under 1 to 3 feet of flood. At least 72,085 families or 328,864 were affected, among them, 7,926 families equivalent to 34,183 individuals were evacuated.

Initial estimate on the damage to agriculture have reached P893, 489,373 covering an area of 23,797 hectares in 14 municipalities of the province.

As of 5:00 am today, the water level at Angat dam reached 213.47 breaching the dam’s spilling level of 212 meters. The water elevation at Ipo dam was 99.73 meters as of 4:00 am breaching its spilling level 100.50 meters. ###

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