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Thursday, July 27, 2006

2,651 families flee to escape floodwaters in Zambales

By Anthony Bayarong, Manila Times Researcher

SAN NARCISO, Zambales: Floodwaters came rushing into nine barangays of this town early morning on Wednesday, forcing 2,651 families to flee to higher grounds.

No casualty was reported, however, owing to the timely response of rescue teams. The Special Action Force, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the City Government of Olongapo City had sent in people for the emergency evacuation and material assistance later.

In La Paz, 1,021 families had to evacuate their homes for fear of their lives. Here, water rose up to the rooftops, said Mac Iay, secretary to the mayor.

The other affected barangays and the number of affected families in each are San Pascual, 545; Alusiis, 395; San Rafael, 326; Libertad, 132; Bedding, 121; Grullo, 81; Patrosino, 20; and Paite, 10.

Only 119 families of the total number came to the designated evacuation site at the town hall. Most took temporary shelter in the homes of their relatives.

According to Mayor William Lim of San Narciso heavy rains brought flashfloods that in turn breached the town’s irrigation dike. He said damage to property was substantial, although the actual cost had yet to be determined by the proper government agency.

“No vehicle could pass through the main highway in the morning,” Lim said. “Only in the afternoon, when the water subsided, did the road become usable again.”

Lim and the local government continue to provide foodstuffs and medicine for the evacuees. So far, ailments have been kept at a minimum, with only two cases of diarrhea reported at the evacuation site.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of San Marcelino, four separate landslides were reported in the two barangays of Aglao and Buhawen.


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