CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna: The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Calabarzon over the weekend ordered the pre-emptive evacuation of families in the towns of Cainta, San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal province due to flood and landslides caused by heavy rainfall brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon.
According to the OCD report released Sunday, Rizal province has 3,434 families composed of 16,001 individuals coming from 17 villages with nine in San Mateo, five in Rodriguez and three in Cainta were evacuated in 27 evacuation centers
In San Mateo, a total of 1,173 families composed of 5,518 individuals were evacuated to nine evacuation centers, while 1,687 families or 7,613 individuals from Rodriguez town were evacuated to 12 evacuation centers and six evacuation centers accommodated the 574 families of 2,870 individuals from Cainta.
A landslide occurred on Sunday in Upper Patiis, Malanday Village, San Mateo totally damaging four houses with no reported casualty. The four families with 23 individuals are now temporarily evacuated at Upper Patiis Elementary School.
Another landslide occurred on same day at Upper Marang Maly Village in the same town which partially damaged a house and the eight family members were temporarily evacuated at Maly Elementary School with no casualties reported.
In Rodriguez, almost 199 families with 970 individuals were evacuated to Kasiglahan Village Elementary School in San Jose Village as the riprap structure approximately 15-20 meters long which is near a bridge collapsed also on Sunday.
Meanwhile, clearing operations were done on Saturday to the large rocks that fell from the mountain in Dolores Village in Taytay, injuring the left leg of John Harry Parco Ocera , 38, who was on board his motorcycle on his way home to Antipolo City and was immediately rescued and given treatment at the Taytay Emergency Hospital.
The OCD further reported on the five villages in San Mateo experiencing flood waters from one foot to as high as seven feet such as in Banaba Village where Sub-village North and South Libis experienced water measured at one foot but in Sub Villages Banaba Extension and Lubak flood waters reached as high as six feet as of 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
Similarly, flood waters in Sub-village Barbula , Ampid Village and Sub-village Natividad, Malanday Village reached six feet and seven feet high respectively but eventually subsided at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
At sub-villages Ibayo and Konrak in Maly Village, floods were measured at 1-foot high while Sub-village Libis, Guinayang Village experienced 3-feet high floods as of 10:00 a.m. Sunday. PNA