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Floods submerge 16 villages; dams start discharging water

HEAVY monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon “Falcon” pounded many parts of Bulacan and inundated 16 villages in two towns and one city yesterday.

The latest situation report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) showed that the hardest hit area is Meycauayan city where 12 villages were flooded.

Three persons also died, two of them crushed to death when concrete fences collapsed, in separate typhoon- related incidents last Wednesday.

The fatalities were identified as Irene S. Lumugho, 1, resident of Barangay Pantoc; Aljon Lapitag Jr., 5, resident of Barangay Camalig and Demetrio Ylasco, 75, resident of Barangay Iba, all in Meycauayan City.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said they were closely monitoring major rivers and waterways as well as water elevation of the three big dams in Bulacan namely Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams.

The PDRRMO also reported that Ipo dam opened Radial Gate 1 and Radial Gate B and discharged 346.6 cubic meters per second (cms) of water from 5:30 a.m to 7 a.m. after its spilling level of 101 meters was breached by .20 meters early Friday morning.
Bustos dam also opened one of its washed out gate and released 24 cms of water after its elevation reached 17.60 meters (spilling level 17.70 meters).

The monsoon rains aggravated by Typhoon Falcon, however, did not made significant rise in the water elevation of Angat dam which is still way below its critical level of 180 meters. As of 5 a.m. Friday, the water level at Angat dam was 171.66 meters which is still way below its spilling level of 210 meters. (pna)

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