Four persons died and more than 20,000 families, comprising of close to 100,000 individuals, were displaced in five provinces in Central Luzon due to massive floods spawned by continuous rains due to southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm Maring.
Latest data from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) identified the casualties as Jeric Sorgello from Barangay Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan; Renato Roman Lacsamana, a resident of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga; Jian Charles Centeno of Barangay Canalate, Malolos City, Bulacan; and Justin Viray of Barangay Sta. Lucia Paguiba, Minalin, Pampanga. All the victims died due to drowning.
A total of 21,031 families or 97,510 persons in 35 municipalities or 274 barangays in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales were displaced as a result of the intermittent heavy rains that battered the region since Sunday night.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, a total of 138 barangays in the 15 towns of Pampanga, namely Masantol, Macabebe, Lubao, Guagua, San Simon, Floridablanca, Candaba, City of San Fernando, Bacolor, Minalin, Sasmuan, Sta. Rita, Porac, Apalit and Sto Tomas remained under floodwater from one to four feet deep.
A total of 7,943 families or 38,858 individuals were affected in those flooded towns in Pampanga where 136 families or 569 persons were in various evacuation centers in the province.
In Bulacan, a total of 63 barangays in the towns of Marilao, Bocaue, Obando, Hagonoy, Bulakan and Meycauayan City are also still under one to four feet deep flood due to high tide, displacing 4,227 families or 22,480 individuals.
The Marilao-Meycauayan boundary is not passable to light vehicles.
In Bataan, 25 barangays in the towns of Hermosa, Dinalupihan, Orani, and Abucay remained flooded from one to four feet deep, affecting 8,429 families or 34,392 persons.
In Tarlac, 10 barangays in Camiling, Capas, Paniqui and San Clemente are still under up to three feet deep water.
Barangays Bueno and Maruglo in Capas town remained isolated while floodwater in barangay Barang in Paniqui is starting to rise, the RDRRMC report said.
In Zambales, only two barangays in Subic town remained flooded. However, continuous rains were noted in the province since 6 a.m. Tuesday.
As a result, suspension of classes in those affected areas in the region were declared.
Suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, were declared in Bataan province; Obando, Hagonoy, Calumpit, Marilao and Baliwag towns and Meycauayan City in Bulacan; the towns of Bacolor, Floridablanca, and Guagua and cities of San Fernando and Angeles in Pampanga.
Suspension of classes from pre-elementary to high school, on the other hand, were declared in Sta Maria, San Jose Del Monte, Bocaue and Bulakan, all in Bulacan.
RDRRMC-3 chief Josefina Timoteo advised the residents, particularly in the low-lying and coastal areas to remain on alert as light to moderate rains were noted in the region to be aggravated by high tide. PNA