‘Butchoy’ displaces thousands in Central Luzon; one dead

>> Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga --  Moonsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon “Butchoy” displaced  thousands in Central Luzon with one dead, while a total of 7,452 families in three provinces of Central Luzon had to be evacuated amid flooding and landslides that spawned the region, disaster officials said yesterday.
The Office of Civil Defense 3 (OCD-3) reported that a total of 32,104 individuals had to be evacuated in the provinces of Bulacan, Bataan, and Zambales – the hardest-hit areas of Central Luzon during the transit of Butchoy, which strengthened the “habagat” (southwest monsoon) and caused heavy rains.
“We have 58 affected barangays in Dinalupihan, Hermosa, and Orani in Bataan; Calumpit in Bulacan; and Olongapo, Botolan, Iba, San Antonio, San Felipe, and San Narciso in Zambales,” said Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Chairman and OCD-3 Director Josefina Timoteo said.
“We also have seven reported partially damaged houses in barangay Beddeng in San Narciso and one each in barangays Mabayuan and East Bajac-Bajac in Olongapo City,” Timoteo said.
Around 150 families in Bataan and Zambales temporarily sought shelter in 14 evacuation centers.
In terms of assistance, Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided P360,940 worth of relief items to Zambales and P72,188 worth to Bataan.
Meanwhile the Department of Health Region 3 (DOH3) has provided P250,000 worth of medicines and hygiene kits to Zambales.

But the first fatality related to the bad weather was reported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or (NDRRMC) in Cainta, Rizal.
Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, NDRRMC executive director, said John Michael Lunes, 14, of Kabanalan Karangalan Village, Cainta, drowned while swimming in a nearby creek last Friday morning. His body was retrieved the same morning.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old teenager identified by the NDRRMC as Kyle Jarandal, of Disiplina Village, Barangay
Ugong, Valenzuela City, remained missing after drowning in the Tullahan River while collecting recyclable materials also last Friday.

Roads damaged
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported yesterday that heavy rains damaged two major roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
A section of the Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road in Benguet was washed out by the strong current of a flashflood, rendering it impassable.
Also damaged and now impassable is a section of the Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road in Mountain Province.
The DPWH is undertaking emergency construction of a detour bridge for the affected road section in Benguet as well as a temporary bailey bridge along the damaged road in Mountain Province. -- Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos


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