Firemen lead rescue operations in flooded areas. Photo courtesy of BFP-Pilar
BALANGA CITY — The provincial disaster risk reduction management office on Wednesday reported that five barangays here were affected by flash floods caused by intermittent moderate to heavy rains brought by Typhoon Fabian.
PDRRMO chief Josefina Timoteo said that barangays Burgos and Poblacion were with 2 – 3 feet deep flood waters while barangays Balut 1 and II and Wawa were with ankle-deep waters.
She said that aside from the heavy volume of rainfall, high tide contributed to the flooding in Burgos.
SFO3 Salvador Bernabe, Pilar Bureau of Fire Protection chief, said they have rescued four families in areas like Sitio Laing where flood waters were from waist- to breast-deep.
PDRRMO said the families of 18 individuals were evacuated at the daycare center.
BFP–Pilar with members of the police, municipal disaster risk reduction management office and other agencies conducted the rescue operations.
Bernabe said they were on alert for any eventuality should the weather worsens.
Meanwhile, because of the bad weather Gov. Albert Garcia suspended Wednesday classes in all levels in both public and private schools (modular, blended and online) in the province.
The governor also suspended works in all government offices starting 12 noon of Wednesday, except disaster response agencies.