Residents in low-lying areas in Central Luzon asked to evacuate immediately

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A boat is the only means of transportation in Gugo, Calumpit in Bulacan after the village was submerged in water due to the rains spawned by Typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel”. LYN RILLON/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines – Residents living in low-lying areas and in coastal towns of Bulacan and Pampanga have been ordered to evacuate immediately as floods from Nueva Ecija brought by rains from Typhoon “Quiel” (international codename: Nalgae) could flow into the two provinces a few hours from now, an official of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Saturday.

At the same time, NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said that one person has died and another injured in the storm that has affected a large part of Luzon.

Ramos identified the fatality as Sonny Ramos, 35, who died after a passenger van was buried in a landslide along the Hansema Mt. Highway, in Barangay (village) Gonogon, Bontoc, Mt. Province. The injured, Melody Gomez, was taken to the Bontoc General Hospital, the NDRRMC chief said.

Graciano Yumul of Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the land in Luzon was so saturated with water from Typhoon “Pedring” (international codename: Nesat) that it could no longer absorb more, and thus could trigger flashfloods and landslides.

As of Saturday, the NDRRMC said that Luzon lost about P6-billion worth of agriculture and infrastructure from Pedring, which also claimed 52 lives as it left the country Wednesday.

With a report from Kate Evangelista

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  • http://twitter.com/grandpaber mel bercel

    water seeks its own level. this is one natural and physical law that we learned since elementary schooling. however, many of us succumb to the higher law of the need to survive cheaply at the onset rather cheaply at the outset. we tend to take the easy solutions that are risky rather than the hard solutions that are more expensive but less risky. our river systems serves not only as a flood control mechanism, but it can also be a livelihood mechanism…water transportation highway, tourism locale, food production etc. – all equate to jobs. we tend to neglect the maintenance of our river and estero systems, we only remember them when we have catastrophic flood. but have we examined how much economy we can generate or prevent loss on the economy by maintaining our natural control systems. all we need is to maintain/improve them. there is a great need to dredge our river and estero systems, make them deeper so it can hold more water, thus less flooded area. if the money is spent to pay the workers of the dredging endeavor, the filipinos win because this is job creation. but if the money to be spent is kept within the pockets of the politicians, then the filipinos lose. remember, the other law – what we put in is what we put out. similarly if we put the government money to the hands of more filipinos by way of paying them the wages to their work, more filipinos will be happier, the opposite is also true, if we put the government money to the pockets of the politicians only, only the politicians (mangongorakots) will be happy and fewer filipinos will be happy.

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