Habagat hits 41,408 families in Pampanga

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –Habagat hit some 41,408 families or 182,730 individuals as the Southwest monsoon rains submerged in fl oodwater more than 151 out of 505 barangays in Pampanga.

    Based on the report released by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offi ce (PDRRMO), 151 barangays in one city and thirteen municipalities were fl ooded with depths ranging from one foot to four feet as of 10 am yesterday (August 17).

    According to PDRRM Offi cer Angie Blanco, despite the fl ooding in several barangays, rescue operations were not conducted.

    “No rescue operations were conducted. For two years the governor along with the vice governor and board members have conducted several briefi ngs, trainings, and seminars on disaster preparedness. Our cabalens are alert and they know what to do during disasters,” said Blanco.

    Blanco added the Pampanga River is still in its normal level from Candaba to Masantol as it has two to three meters before its spilling level.

    Meanwhile, the PDRMMO recorded one casualty due to drowning. The fatality was identifi ed as Orlando Ranetes, 32 years old from Concepcion village in Lubao town.

    Five people also suffered serious injuries from electrocution in San Juan and San Miguel village in Lubao and San Basilio village in Sta. Rita. They were identifi ed as Leonardo Parungao, Charles dela Cruz, Marielle Pantig, Miguel Caling and Renz Laxamana. They are now conscious and under observation.

    41 evacuation centers were also activated in the whole province accommodating 1,295 families or 4,862 individuals according to Provincial Social Welfare and Development Offi cer Elizabeth Baybayan.

    Baybayan said relief operations will soon be conducted in the affected barangays in the whole province.

    Meanwhile, damages in agriculture reached P13,040,691.28 while damage on fi sheries were recorded at P31,609,303.10.

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