Four dead from Central Luzon rains

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: Four people were killed and thousands forced to flee their homes as floods inundated large parts of the Central Luzon, the government said on Sunday.

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Based on the latest data from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), one of the fatalities was identified as Romeo Sunung, 13 of Sitio Dapla, Barangay Salaza, Palauig Zambales who drowned on Friday at the Salaza River.

One person was missing and was identified as Arnel Encarnacion, 57, a resident of Barangay Mambog, Botolan, also in Zambales. He was reported missing since Friday.

Josefina Timoteo, chairperson of the RDRRMC and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 3, also said that a total of 4,804 families or 22,731 persons in 59 barangays (villages) in the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales were displaced.

Timoteo said that of the total affected families, 571 families or 2,492 individuals were in the various evacuation centers in the region while 561 families or 2,057 persons were being served outside the evacuation centers.

In Pampanga, a total of 40 barangays in the towns of Macabebe, Guagua, Bacolor, Mexico, Santa Ana, Minalin, San Simon and in the City of San Fernando were hit by floods up to four feet high.

In Bataan, 14 barangays in the towns of Dinalupihan and Hermosa were submerged to floodwater up to five feet high.

Twenty-two barangays in the towns of Cuyapo, Jaen, Licab, Quezon and Zaragosa, all in Nueva Ecija were also affected by flooding up to four feet.

Five barangays in San Miguel, Bulacan were also inundated by floodwaters up to six feet. But the floods subsided in those areas at around 6 pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 14 barangays in the towns of Paniqui, La Paz, Camiling and Tarlac City were hit by floodwaters up to three feet high.

PNA with report from AFP

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