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Alvarado supervises disaster management operations in flooded areas of Bulacan
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS – Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) chairman Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has put emergency response and rescue teams on 24-hours alert as non-stop heavy rains since Monday inundated many parts of Bulacan.
He also ordered for rescue teams to be dispatched in severely flooded areas to evacuate affected residents. Relief goods were also being readied and hauled to trucks for immediate delivery to flood victims.
Alvarado, who personally supervised operations at the PDRRMO command center at the provincial capitol here, said they are closely monitoring the status of Ipo and Bustos dams, both of which has opened two spill gates since Monday night and Tuesday morning.
“Crucial ang Bustos dam. Kapag nakaya nito ang itinatapong tubig ng Ipo dam, puwede pang maiwasan pa ang malawakang pagbaha sa downstream areas nito,” he said.
According to Liz Mungcal, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, rampaging floodwaters brought by non-stop torrential rains has submerged at least 59 villages in five towns and two cities under 2 to 5 feet of floods.
She added that severe flooding has inundated the towns of Obando (all 11 villages under 2 to 5 feet of floods), Calumpit (13 villages under 1 to 5 feet), Marilao (8 villages under 2 to 5 feet), Bocaue (4 villages under 1-5 feet), Pulilan (3 villages under 1 to 5 feet) and the city of Malolos (16 villages under 2 to 5 feet).
Some 150 persons (40 families in Bgy. San Pascual, Obando and 20 persons (4 families) in Bgy. Catanghalan also in Obando were evacuated to higher grounds due to rising floods.
“Residents along swollen rivers were also advised to move to safer grounds as early as Monday afternoon,” Mungcal also said.
Also, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa issued Memorandum Circular No.33, suspending work in government offices and classes in college level including Bulacan, National Capital Region, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.
“However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness and response to disasters and calamities, or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the executive memorandum circular added.
As of 6:30 Tuesday morning, Ipo dam has released a total of 346 cubic meters per second of water after its spilling level of 101 meters was breached Monday night. The water elevation as of 6:50 am Tuesday was 101.22 meters.
The water elevation at Angat dam as of 8:00am Tuesday was 204.18, still below its spilling level of 210 meters. ###

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