BULACAN– Due to continuous heavy rainfall brought by the Southwest Monsoon, the Bustos Dam has increased the release of water from its reservoir on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) reported that Bustos Dam has increased the releasing of water to 150 cubic meter per second (cms) from the three spill gates.
The said dam has been releasing water for five consecutive days since Wednesday when it released 80 cms, 125 cms on Thursday, 115 on Friday and 120 cms on Saturday.
Bustos Dam’s water elevation as of Sunday morning was monitored at 17.52 meters, Ipo Dam at 101.23 meters and Angat Dam at 195.80 meters compared to its flood season high water level of 17.50 meters, 101.00 metrs and 210 meters respectively.
Meanwhile, Acting Governor Daniel Fernando has instructed all concern local government agencies particularly the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Bureau of Fire and Protection and PDRRMC Rescue Teams to monitor time to time the situation of those flooded areas particularly the low-lying coastal areas of First District of Bulacan.
Liz Mungcal, head of Bulacan PDRRMO said, the latest monitoring showed that that three barangays (Poblacion, Banga and Bangcal) from Meycauayan City are still inundated under three to six inches of floodwater, Calumpit has 16 villages (Bulusan,Iba O’Este, Calizon,Frances, gugo, Gatbuca, Meysulao Proper, Meysulao Nabong, Sapang Bayan, San Jose, Sta. Lucia, San Miguel kalye Onse, San Miguel Malindig, Piocruzcosa Meyto and Panducot) submerged under one-half foot to five feet of water, Marilao six barangays (Poblacion 1, Poblacion2, Tabing Ilog, Nagbalon, Lias and Ibayo) under 10 inches to two feet of floodwater and Pulilan has eight villages (Tibagan, Tenejero, Poblacion, Lumbac, Taal, Dampol 1st, Sto. Cristo, and Penabatan) under one foot to three feet of water.
Mungcal added that there still more villages in some towns in Bulacan that are flooded due to the released of water from Bustos Dam as well as the continuous rainfall.
On the other hand, a total of 115 individuals are being evacuated from their residence to an evacuation center in Barangay Meysulao in Calumpit town.
The PDRRMO also reported that the municipalities of Paombong and Marilao have come out with resolutions declaring their towns under a state of calamity. ELOISA SILVERIO