Heavy rains spawned by tropical storm Gorio submerged several villages in Bulacan, Olongapo City (Zambales) and Bataan while local government units (LGUs) in other provinces suspended classes in all levels on Thursday.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Bulacan (PDRRMC) reported that in Marilao town, Barangay Poblacion 1 was under five to eight feet of flood waters while the villages of Poblacion 2, Tabing Ilog and Nagbalon were under one to two feet of water.
Some villages in Balagtas town – Barangay Panginay, Borol 1st, San Juan, Longos and Wawa – were flooded as water level rose because of high tide.
A stretch of Manila North Road (former MacArthur Highway) in front of SM City Marilao Mall in Barangay Saog was also inundated by four to five feet of water, rendering them impassable for light vehicles.
Some parts in the towns of Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong and Bocaue, as well as the City of Malolos, were affected by floods.
PDRRM officer Liz Mungcal said Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has alerted all concerned agencies about the flooding .
As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, water level in Angat dam was 185.92 meters (spilling level 210 meters; 101.10 meters in Ipo Dam (spilling level 101 meters); and 16.16 meters in Bustos dam (spilling level 17. 50 meters).
Classes in all levels were suspended in Meycauayan City, Marilao and Baliwag as well as other towns.
Zambales Gov. Amor Deloso and Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino as early as Wednesday night announced cancelation of classes in all levels in all public and private schools in Olongapo City and in all 13 towns of Zambales.
Rains dumped by the tropical storm also caused flooding in most parts of Olongapo but quickly subsided in the afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, a landslide was reported in Sibul, Barangay East Bajac Bajac after heavy monsoon rains in the morning.
Deloso, also the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) chairman, issued an advisory in the afternoon of July 26.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) projected Gorio to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday evening or Monday morning.
Rough seas prevented fishermen in Bagac, Bataan from fishing.
Fisherman Chito Alejo said they used to go out fishing despite bad weather but waves since last week were so huge and dangerous.
Big waves spawned by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Gorio were roaring at the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in Bagac.
Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia suspended classes in all levels in the province, both public and private, since Wednesday because of intermittent heavy rains that caused flooding in low-lying and coastal villages in the 11 towns and Balanga City.
Meanwhile, several local government units in Rizal, Cavite and San Pedro, Laguna declared class suspensions on Thursday
Classes in all levels, both private and public schools, were canceled in Antipolo City, Cainta and Taytay.
Only classes in pre-school to senior high school levels were cancelled in Angono, San Mateo and Rodriguez.
Cainta Mayor Keith Nieto in his Facebook account post announced the suspension at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
Also on Thursday morning, the Office of Cavite Gov. Crispin Remulla announced the suspension of classes in all levels.
It said ankle-high floods hit parts of Aguinaldo highway in Imus.
Fishes were seen along the road in Noveleta town apparently coming from Ilang Ilang River that overflowed.
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