4 towns in Pampanga under state of calamity

Four towns in Pampanga are now under a state of calamity due to flooding caused by bad weather.

According to the Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), this includes the towns of Masantol, Macabebe, Santo Tomas, and San Simon.

Under a state of calamity, local governments will be able to use their funds more quickly to respond to disasters.

According to the Pampanga PDRRMO, up to 104 barangays in the entire province were flooded.

About 870 families or 3,272 individuals from 10 towns are said to be staying in evacuation centers.

Some roads are also impassable for motorists, including the San Simon-Baliwag Road section in San Simon and Batasan Road in Barangay Colgante, Apalit.

In San Simon, the municipal hall itself was flooded. Those working there first moved to other buildings so as not to delay the provision of local government services to the residents.

“Ang ginawa namin noong sumobra na ‘yong baha, almost hanggang tuhod na, nag-move out kami. Meron naman kasi kaming government center… 5 to 6 buildings na nakatayo dito, ‘yong iba hindi naman occupied,” said San Simon acting mayor Leonora Wong.

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4 towns in Pampanga under state of calamity

Wong also assured that the vaccination against COVID-19 would continue in their area.

According to PAGASA-Clark, there is no bad weather affecting the province, but the rain is an effect of the southwest monsoon.

Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, and the Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Mindanao will have a partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains

According to Pagasa, at 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated
based on all available data at 280 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0°N, 126.8°E).

Southwest Monsoon is affecting the western section of Luzon.

Residents and he Local Disaster Risk Reduction And Management Office (Ldrrmo’S) concerned are still advised to take all the necessary appropriate actions.

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