CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Flashfloods induced by super typhoon Ompong were reported in the towns of San Miguel and Santa Maria.
Maricel Cruz, head of the Provincial Public Affairs Office of Bulacan, has confirmed that Bulo River and Madlum Rivers in San Miguel and the Santa Maria River have inundated several barangays.
“Local rescue teams, Bulacan Rescue, members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and reservists were dispatched to conduct search and rescue operations,” Cruz added.
As these developed, Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director, said that as of 10 am on Saturday, several villages were reported submerged under floodwater in the towns of Calumpit, Obando and Balagtas and one house was damaged by the typhoon in Barangay Santa Lucia, Calumpit town.
“A total of 35 search and rescue personnel from the Bulacan police were deployed in flood-prone areas while 269 others are on a standby mode for deployment,” Bersaluna said.
The police director added that evacuation centers were also established Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, San Lorenzo in Norzagaray, San Jose in Plaridel and Paliwas in Obando accommodating displaced families.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Bulacan in their report stated that as of 5:45 pm on Friday, 113 families or 301 individuals evacuated in Taliptip Elementary School in the town of Bulakan and 80 families or 196 individuals were moved in Paliwas Evacuation Center in Obando, Bulacan.
Meanwhile, John Mendez, head of the San Miguel disaster risk reduction management office, confirmed flashflood in their town started to occur around 8 am on Saturday inundating 27 of the town’s 49 villages.
Hardly hit was Barangay Camias that was submerged up to six feet of floodwater, Mendez added. (RONDA Balita Online News)