Pan­gasi­nan forcibly evac­u­ates vil­lages

Manila Times - - Regions - BY JAIME G. AQUINO

BAYAM­BANG, Pan­gasi­nan: More than 100,000.00 res­i­dents in the low-ly­ing barangay (vil­lages) of 17 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties here were forcibly brought to var­i­ous evac­u­a­tion cen­ters af­ter the San Roque Mul­tipur­pose Dam opened its four gates and re­leased wa­ter start­ing at 6 p.m. on Satur­day.

This was af­ter Gov. Amado

Espino 3rd di­rected the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and

Man­age­ment Coun­cil (PDRRMC) to de­ploy res­cue trucks to eastern

Pan­gasi­nan for forced evac­u­a­tion of those along the Agno River and its trib­u­taries, with the sud­den rise of the wa­ter in the San Roque

Dam be­cause of the in­tense rains dumped by Typhoon “Om­pong.”

Espino also tapped the po­lice, the Philip­pine Army, the lo­cal gov­ern­ments along the Agno River and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als to help aug­ment res­cue equip­ment and man­power.

Floods heav­ily af­fected the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Bayam­bang, San Manuel, San Ni­co­las, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Ros­ales, Vil­la­sis, Sto. To­mas, Al­cala, Bautista, Ur­biz­tondo, Ba­sista, Lin­gayen, Man­gatarem, Aguilar, Bu­gal­lon, Labrador and Sual.

At 5 p.m. of Satur­day, the Na­tional Power Corp. ( NPC), re­leased a state­ment on the dis­charge of wa­ter from the San Roque Dam as it cau­tioned peo­ple in ar­eas along the Agno River to take nec­es­sary mea­sures to pre­vent ac­ci­dents.

“With the con­tin­u­ous rain­fall, the rise of the wa­ter level in the San Roque Dam will re­quire us to re­lease wa­ter,” the San Roque Power Corp. (SRPC) said in its pub­lic ad­vi­sory.

By 6 p.m. on Satur­day, the SRPC had opened four gates by .5M with

cu­bic me­ters per sec­ond (cms).

The SRPC ad­vi­sory noted that the out­flow would be ad­justed de­pend­ing on the amount of in

main­tain the reser­voir el­e­va­tion at a safe level.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial

dis­as­ter chief Rho­dyn Luch­in­var Oro, the NPC had as­sured the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment that the wa­ter level would even­tu­ally go down, as

was steadily de­creas­ing.

More than 500,000 hectares of land with ready-har­vest palay would be de­stroyed if the re­lease of wa­ter from the dam con­tin­ued for the next three days, the mu­nic­i­pal agri­cul­tur­ist said.

Man­gatarem Mayor Ramil Ven­te­nilla con­firmed that the river

He added that more than 12,000 hectares of farm­land were un­der four to 15 feet of wa­ter.

In Bayam­bang, the mu­nic­i­pal agri­cul­tur­ist told news­men that more than 2,000 hectares with palay and veg­eta­bles un­der three to 12 me­ters of wa­ter.

In Bautista, Mayor Amadeo

Espino, said that more than 210 hectares had been af­fected by

In Al­cala town, the farm­ers said they would not be able to har­vest their palay.

Ear­lier, at least 8,000 fam­i­lies or some

and three cities in Pan­gasi­nan were ad

But as of 12 noon of Sun­day, the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age

Es­ti­mated agri­cul­tural dam­age that in­cludes more than 21,000 hectares of newly planted and ready-to-har­vest palay, ban­gus, tilapia, shrimps, la­pulapu, and oth­ers would be about P100 mil­lion, the gover­nor said.

As of 12 noon on Sun­day, the pro­vin­cial po­lice of­fice un­der Se­nior Supt. Wil­son Joseph Lopez re­ported that a house owned by To­mas and Maria in Brgy. Asan Sur in Si­son town was de­stroyed by strong winds and rain.

In Dagupan City, more than 3,000 fam­i­lies with more than

- gays of Pan­tal, Pobla­cion Oeste, Ta­puac, Br­gys. 2 and 3 were evac­u­ated to six pub­lic schools.

to the mu­nic­i­pal hall while more - ated in Boli­nao town.

Other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with evac­uees were Calasiao town with 130 fam­i­lies; San Fabian, 221; Alaminos -

- - 52 fam­i­lies.

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