• Floods hit areas in Bataan, Pampanga

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    The southwest monsoon dumped rains and triggered floods in low-lying villages in six towns of Bataan and San Fernando City in Pampanga.

    The Metro Bataan Development Authority reported that flash floods hit three villages in Dinalupihan, eight in Hermosa, four in Orani, three in Samal, two in Abucay and four in Orion.

    It said floods easily subsided except in Hermosa where floodwaters were more than four feet deep, particularly in the flood-prone barangay Almacen.

    Roads and some houses in barangay Daungan and Almacen in Hermosa were submerged in knee-deep to waist-deep water.

    Fishing boats were the only means of transportation in going to Almacen. Passengers were each charged P10.

    House painter Rommel Ambrocio said flood waters in Almacen began to rise at 7 p.m. on Friday.

    The Almacen River overflowed causing flooding in the village.

    In Daungan, four houses adjacent to a creek were damaged by strong water current that carried huge tree trunks.

    Jason Enriquez, Hermosa Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head, said no families were evacuated but officials continue to be on alert.

    Meanwhile, in San Fernando City, Pampanga continuous rains also submerged some areas.

    The City Disaster Rick Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) reported several parts of the city were under waist-deep floods.

    Some parts of the Jose Abad Santos Avenue were not passable to light vehicles.

    Portions of Barangay Dolores up to Makabali Memorial Hospital, the Tagulud Rotonda in Barangay San Nicolas, and Barangay San Juliana were also flooded.

    Floodwaters rose up to three feet in the villages of Del Carmen, San Pedro Cutud and Maligaya.

    The CDRRMO said residents in Phases 3 and 4 of St. Jude Village had to be rescued.
    Mayor Edwin Santiago ordered the activation of the City of San Fernando Emergency Operations Center and opened San Isidro Integrated School an evacuation center.

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