MANILA, Philippine – A combination of torrential rains and high tide on Monday morning resulted in flashfloods in several municipalities of Cavite, said Governor Jonvic Remulla in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM.
“The peak of the flooding was about 8-feet [high] at around 9:30 in the morning,” Remulla said before narrating how heavy rainfall since Sunday night caused water from the upland areas of Tagaytay and Mendez, combined with the periodic high tide from lowland municipalities, resulted in fast rising flood waters.
Remulla, however, assured the public that the floods have started to recede with the lowering of the tides.
Inquirer Southern Luzon earlier reported that several towns in Cavite and Laguna were submerged in water. For a time, half of Bacoor City in Cavite was reportedly flooded with only Aguinaldo Highway and Molino Boulevard open to traffic.
Bacoor City’s disaster risk reduction and management council chief Richard
Quion said all major rivers in Cavite – Zapote River, Bacoor River, and Imus River – were swollen and overflowing.
Because of widespread flooding, especially in the coastal municipalities of Kawit, Rosario and Noveleta, Cavite and Laguna were placed under a state of calamity.
Earlier, Remulla said one person was killed after the Tres Cruces dam in Tanza, Cavite gave way. Another victim was reported missing.
Remulla also announced that classes in Cavite, from preschool to college, will remain suspended until Tuesday.