Floods, landslides mark ‘Butchoy’ exit in Zambales

IBA, Zambales — Heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon Butchoy caused landslides and flooding in at least three towns in this province.

Two landslides occurred in Olongapo City due to the continuing heavy rains, one at the Skipper Beach in Barangay Barretto and another at the Olongapo public cemetery beside the national highway in Barangay Kalaklan.

Various city government offices leaded by Mayor Rolen Paulino and Vice Mayor Jong Cortez, as well as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Barangay Kalaklan officials worked together for fears of another flooding similar to what happened in 2013.

Some 506 people were evacuated in Zambales due to flooding in the towns of San Narciso, San Antonio and San Felipe.

Gov. Amor Deloso, said based on the latest update from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) chief Graciela Macabare-Ednalen, the evacuees were from the municipalities of San Felipe, 41 families; San Narciso, 10 families; San Antonio, four; Iba, five; and Botolan, two.

However, total severely affected families of the flooding reached more than 5,161, all from the said municipalities.

Likewise, Deloso instructed the Provincial Engineering Office to dispatch available dumptrucks to flood affected areas to augment barangay and municipal rescue operations after some roads were reported not passable for light vehicles.

Zambales 2nd District Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla earlier posted on her Facebook account all national roads in Zambales are passable as per PDRRMO except in Alusiis, San Narciso where only heavy vehicles can pass through due to flooding along the national road.

She added that there are reports of flooding in some areas in different towns but there is no cause for alarm as it is manageable.

“My office is on constant monitor and we have already advised the national agencies,” Montalla said. PNA/northboundasia.com