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Alvarado declares Bulacan under a state of calamity
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS – Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Wednesday announced that Bulacan is under a “state of calamity” as non-stop torrential rains since Monday flooded many parts of Bulacan.
The declaration was announced by the governor after he convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), and a resolution from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando was approved.
Alvarado, who is the chairman of the PDRRMC, said that the occurrence of south-west monsoon brought intensive rainfall in most parts of the province that caused a minimum of 1-foot to maximum of 9-foot flooding. He said that as of Tuesday night, at least 222 villages in 18 towns and 3 cities were submerged under 1 to 5 feet of floodwaters.
The severe flooding affected a total of 75,365 families where in 7,000 families are brought to 115 evacuation centers and has caused heavy damage to properties, infrastructure and agriculture in the province of Bulacan.

Alvarado said that the hardest hit was the town of Obando where all its 11 villages have been submerged under 2 to 5 feet of floods for two weeks now.

The capital city of Malolos also absorbed much of the flooding brought by the southwest monsoons. As of Wednesday morning the number of villages affected has risen to 33, most of which were submerged under 1 to 3 feet of floodwaters.

The towns of Baliwag (24 villages under 1 to 5 feet of floods); Calumpit (16 villages under 1 to 4 feet); Marilao (14 villages under 1 to 5 feet) , Paombong (14 villages under 1 to 2 feet), Bocaue (12 villages under 1 to 5 feet), Bulakan (12 villages under 1 to feet), Hagonoy (11 villages under 1 to 5 feet), Bustos (10 villages under 1 to 3 feet), Guiguinto (8 villages under 1 to 2 feet), Pulilan (8 villages under 1 to 2 feet), San Ildefonso (7 villages under 1 to 4 feet), San Miguel (5 villages under 1 to 5 feet), Balagtas (5 villages under 1 to 5 feet), San Rafael (4 villages under 1 to 2 feet), San Jose del Monte City (4 villages under 1 to 2 feet), Meycauayan City (3 villages under 1 to 5 feet) and Sta. Maria (2 villages under 1 to feet) also bore the brunt of excessive flooding brought by intense rainfall in the past two days.

Alvarado also asked operators of Ipo dam and Bustos dam to momentarily closed their spill gates and stop the release of water due to the floods coming from Nueva Ecija and Pampanga which is cascading towards the low lying towns of Calumpit and Hagonoy, which have become the perennial catch basin of backfloods in Bulacan.

“Sinabihan natin sila na itigil muna ang pagpapawala at huwag sabayan ang pag-uho ng tubig-baha na nanggagaling sa karatig lalawigan ng Nueva Ecija at Pampanga,” Alvarado said.

He said they are also keeping a tight watch on the water-carrying capacity of the Angat river-- where the release waters of Ipo and Bustos dams flows.

“Everything is properly coordinated. We have been constantly monitoring the two dams as well as the water elevation of Angat dam and regularly coordinate with dam officials. Kung kaya ng kailugan (Angat river) at ng Labangan channel, then it will the time we will allow to release but it should be done gradually,” he added.

The governor said that health and social welfare workers are now attending to the needs of the flood victims. He said that rescue teams are still on alert as many parts of Bulacan are still heavily flooded. Relief goods and medicines are also being repacked for distributions to affected families still housed at different evacuation centers.

As of 10:00 am Wednesday, the water elevation at Angat dam was 209.10 meters, which is nearing its spilling level of 210 meters. The water elevation at Ipo dam was 100.30 meters, the PDRRMC reported. ###

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