LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Days of monsoon rains spawned the evacuation of 160 families comprising of 677 individuals in the flooded towns of Calasiao, Bugallon, Lingayen and Mangatarem and the pre-emptive evacuation of some 500 families in Sta. Barbara, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported at 6:00 a.m. today.
The evacuated families are still in various evacuation centers in their respective towns while the more than 500 families who were preemptedly evacuated from various flooded barangays of Sta. Barbara have already returned to their respective homes, a report of PDRRMO Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro to Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Melchito Castro as of 3:00 a.m. today (February 17), stated.
The same report stated that there are now 55 barangays so far in seven towns of Pangasinan that were flooded. These are Calasiao, Sta.,Barbara, Agno, Lingayen, Bugallon, Binmaley and Bayambang, where a site inspection by a team from the PDRRMO is scheduled to verify the report that part of the Agno River dike in Barangay Warding (Bayambang) is allegedly leaking, flooding the village.
The report did not include Dagupan City, which is not under Pangasinan, and whose 13 of 31 barangays were reported flooded as of Tuesday night, whose flooding was aggravated by the rise of tidal water from adjacent rivers and the rush of cascading water from the upland on its way to the Lingayen Gulf.
As of 3:00 a.m. today, the number of families affected by days of monsoon rains that swelled most rivers and caused flooding totalled 11,827 families comprising 47,361 individuals.
Meanwhile, the number of local government units that declared localized suspension of classes has now risen to 21 from the original 10. The 11others are San Carlos City, Villasis, Balungao, Mangatarem, Bayambang, Rosales, Malasiqui, Manaoag, Aguilar, Pozorrubio and Umingan.
The first 10 LGUs that declared suspension of classss are Mangaldan, San Fabian, Binmaley, Calasiao, Lingayen, Bugallon, Sta. Barbara, Natividad, Asingan and Tayug.
Total damages so far reached more than PHP171 million.
All national roads and major thoroughfares in the province are still passable by all types of vehicles except some flooded areas in Calasiao town. Leonardo Micua/PNA/northboundasia.com