CABANATUAN CITY – At least 5,730 persons, comprising a total of 1,616 families were affected by Tropical Storm “Pepito” in 38 barangays in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora, the Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported yesterday.
A 19-page situation report as of 6 a.m. yesterday said a total of 76 barangays in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales experienced heavy floodings due to continuous rains brought by the typhoon.
Director Maria Theresa R. Escolano, Central Luzon RDRRMC chair, said the heavy rains triggered floodings rendering several roads and bridges not passable to light vehicles in the town of Masantol, Pampanga (Kalsadang Bayu Road), in San Luis, Dilasag, Casiguran, Dilasag in Aurora, and in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija (Bgy. Bantug and Kamachile).
Floodwaters rose from a minimum of one feet to as high as over four feet in 30 barangays in Bulacan – San Miguel, 11; Calumpit, 6 barangays; Marilao, 4; Paombong, 7; 45 barangays in Pampanga – Masantol, 26; and in Macabebe, 19.
In Cabanatuan City, at least 14 barangays were hit by flash floods after rain stopped at noon Wednesday, according to the city disaster risk reduction and management council.
Inundated were barangays Communal, Calawagan, D. S. Garcia, Rizdelis, Barrera, (Purok Amihan), Mabini Homesite (Villa Luz Subd.), Imelda, Bonifacio, MS. Garcia, San Juan ACCFA, Sta. Arcadia (Bliss), Aduas Sur, San Josef Sur and Valle Cruz.
In its assessment report, the RDRRMC said the DPWH Region-3 continuously monitored the status of roads and bridges within AOR and deployed on-stand-by their heavy equipment and personnel for possible conduct of clearing operations in affected areas.
It also said that Gov. Aurelio M. Umali and Vice Gov. Emmanuel Anthony Umali and the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council went live over local TV-48 station to broadcast and monitor the effects of Typhoon Pepito in the province on Tuesday night.
Escolano said Team Umali conducted real-time coordination with all the local disaster units on the ground province-wide as to the preparations as well as status updates of the typhoon.
In Palayan City, City Mayor Rianne Cuevas immediately gave early warning advisories to resident in low-lying areas and those whose houses are adjacent to rivers.
Cuevas also activated all barangay emergency operation centers to monitor the weather condition and water level on all river and bridges to ensure the safety of everyone, including the vulnerable sector especially those in hazard-prone areas.