LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: Gov. Amado Espino Jr. called on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (NDRRMC) to help in the search and rescue operations of residents affected by the flashfloods starting at 2:00 a.m. today (Monday) in Mangatarem, Aguilar and Bugallon, all near the Tarlac border.
Espino said some villages in those towns could not not be reached by search and rescue teams from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) as the flash floods in those towns were estimated to be above houses.
Director Melchito Castro of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said in view of the height of the flood in those towns, the search and rescue teams to be sent by NDRRMC must get through these flooded areas through Camiling, Tarlac.
Castro confirmed that of the four provinces in Region 1, Pangasinan is the worst affected which already spawned the evacuation of close to 500 families, mostly along the coastal areas due to storm surge.
The flooding of towns near the Tarlac border was caused by cascading waters from the mountains and the swelling of rivers as rains are still continuing.
To date, Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 was hoisted over Pangasinan starting at 11:00 a.m. Sunday and was downgrated to No. 2 at 7:00 a.m. Monday although Typhoon “Lando” is still packing powerful, whistling winds as it raced across Pangasinan.
Gov. Espino said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) is set to declare Pangasinan under a state of calamity. PNA