CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Fishpond operators and rice farmers lost millions of pesos worth of damages brought by floods induced by the southwest monsoon and enhanced by tropical storm Karding in the province of Bulacan.
Edgardo Cabigao, barangay chairman of Caliligawan in Malolos, a coastal village along Manila Bay, has confirmed to RONDA Balita Online News “lahat (all)” of fishponds in the coastal area of Bulacan were affected by the flood since Sunday.
Most if not all of the fishponds in the coastal villages of Masile, Babatnin, Namayan, Pamarawan and Kaliligawan all in the City of Maloloswere submerged up to knee-high from its dikes, Cabigao said.
The provincial disaster risk reduction management office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan reported as of noontime On Tuesday that coastal barangays in Malolos were inundated up to one foot of floodwater.
A total of 1,096.10 hectares of fishponds were affected by the floodwater causing an estimated P33,812,517.00 loses to 532 fishpond operators, the PDRRMO noted and added that 2,280.82 hectares of rice lands were also affected by floodwater causing P8,033,726.78 worth of damages.
Latest report of the PDRRMO reported several villages were inundated with floodwater that include 48 barangays in the City of Malolos; Obando five; Balagtas five; Baliwag four; Calumpit 29; Guiguinto 13; Hagonoy 20; Paombong 14; Bocaue 16; Plaridel one; Bustos one; Meycauayan three; and Marilao 11 barangays inundated with floodwater from one-half foot to six feet deep.
A total of 47 evacuation centers were also established in these flood-affected towns and cities, the PDRRMO said.
No untoward incidents were reported by the PDRRMO.
Meanwhile, Mina Ingusan of the provincial public affairs office (PPAO) of the provincial government of Bulacan said Meycauayan City and the towns of Hagonoy, Paombong, Calumpit and Marilao has declared a state of calamity in their respective jurisdictions.
Ingusan added added that the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Bulacan is pushing for the declaration of a state of calamity for the whole province of Bulacan except for the town of Donya Remedios Trinidad. (RONDA Balita Online News)