Flood-hit Cavite, Laguna towns under state of calamity

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Monday, August 19, 2013

MANILA (Updated, 4:17 p.m.) -- Cavite and several towns of Laguna have been placed under state of calamity after the southwest monsoon intensified by Tropical Storm "Maring" brought heavy flooding in the said provinces.

In a radio interview, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito said that five towns, namely, Sta. Rosa, Biñan, San Pedro, Calamba, and Cabuyao, have been placed under a state of calamity after being submerged in floodwater.

Calamba Mayor Justin Marc SB Chipeco said many residents in low-lying areas affected by the flooding were immediately evacuated.

"We're already packing food, water and blankets for them to settle down and once we've distributed these and the floods subside, hopefully they can return to their homes already," he said in a radio interview.

Chipeco said they are mulling the construction of permanent evacuation centers in Laguna as floods continue to worsen in the past years.

Governor Jonvic Remulla also declared a state of calamity in Cavite where two persons were reported killed after an irrigation dam collapsed in the municipality of Tanza at the height of monsoon rains early Monday morning.

"Hardest hit po sa amin ang Noveleta and Rosario. Pero in the last three hours, kalahati na lang po ang baha," Remulla said, adding that floods will subside once the high tide, which contributed to the flooding, also subsides.

The governor also said that aside from the Quirino Highway and Daang Hari Road, all roads to Cavite remain impassable.

Meanwhile, the governor said classes will remain suspended on Tuesday in Cavite. The suspension will apply to all levels.

The Biñan campus of the University of Perpetual Help Classes and the De La Salle University-Dasmarinas suspended also classes for all levels Tuesday, August 20.

Classes in all level both public and private have also been suspended in the entire municipality of Sta. Rosa.

In a 6 a.m. report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), three barangays in Cavite are already submerged in flood, while seven in Laguna.

Cavite and Laguna are included in the list of areas under a Yellow Rainfall advisory issued by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

The other areas are Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Batangas, Quezon and Occidental Mindoro.

Moderate to heavy rainfall are expected in these areas within the next three hours.

At Yellow Rainfall Advisory level, rainfall amount is within 7.5 to 15 millimeters within one hour, and is expected to continue within the next two hours.

In Metro Manila, classes have been suspended in all level in Paranaque City and Las Pinas City.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said several local flights were cancelled due to the bad weather.

Several flights from Caticlan to Manila and Manila to Caticlan of airlines Cebu Pacific and PAL Express were cancelled. Passengers were advise to rebook their flights without penalty charges.

In a related development, all reported flooding in the streets of Manila has subsided, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Monday afternoon.

In an update released at 3:13 p.m., flood water receded in Multinational Village in Paranaque and Pasong Tamo in Quezon City.

Water in Sta. Rosario in Pateros also subsided from 45 inches (chest-high) at 8:30 a.m. to 12 inches as of 1:15 p.m. MMDA deployed three rubber boats in the area.

MMDA is still monitoring the chest-deep floodwaters reported in Zapote, Alabang and San Isidro-Pamplona in Las Pinas City.

Floodwater in SM City Sucat, Moonwalk Alvarez and Sucat to Evacom in Paranaque are as high as waist-deep while Malugay Mayapos and Barangay Yakal are knee-deep.

MMDA and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have sent four military vehicles in the flooded areas to assist stranded passengers and motorists in the wake of tropical storm Maring.

Motorists can also call the MMDA help lines 8824177 or 8820925 for all roads and flood related inquires.

Number coding is still implemented in the whole Metro Manila, except in the Quezon City. (Kathrina Alvarez/Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)

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