75 villages in Pampanga remain flooded; damage to agri reaches PHP106.9-M

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Some 75 villages in Pampanga remain submerged in floodwaters days after the monsoon rains battered the province.

Despite the improved weather condition, residents in some parts of the City of San Fernando and in the towns of Apalit, Candaba, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, San Luis and San Simon are still enduring floods caused by continuous moderate to heavy rains last week.

Report from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) showed that 26 barangays in Masantol are still under floodwater as aggravated by the damaged check gate of Pandan creek at Bagang adjacent to Sagrada.

The coastal town of Macabebe has still 22 flooded villages with up to 3.5 feet.

Nine villages in San Simon remain flooded while eight barangays in San Luis are still under floodwater up to four feet deep.

The towns of Minalin and Apalit have three still flooded villages each while the City of San Fernando and Candaba have two barangays that remain flooded each.

Likewise, 15 road sections in Pampanga are still not passable to light vehicles.

Of the flooded towns, two local executives from Masantol and Sto. Tomas extended the suspension of classes on Monday in all levels, both in public and private.

As a result, some 32,293 families or 144,276 individuals which are still being served inside and outside evacuation centers in the province.

A total of 91,384 families or 403,008 individuals were affected by the southwest monsoon rains in the entire province, prompting the City of San Fernando and the municipalities of Sto. Tomas, Macabebe and Minalin to declare the state of calamity so that they can use the calamity funds for their flood-affected residents.

Aside from the displaced residents, the agriculture sector of the province was likewise adversely affected by the massive flooding.

The RDRRMC report said that an estimated agriculture losses in Pampanga reached to PHP106.90 million.

The fishery sector incurred the biggest damage with some PHP88.43 million.

This was followed by the rice sector with PHP15.60 million; corn sector (PHP1.83 million); livestock (PHP677,250) and high value crops (PHP373,600). Zorayda Tecson/PNA/northboundasia.com