3 Luzon dams release water as ‘Ompong’ starts to pound northern PH

Residents downhill, in low-lying areas warned vs flooding
/ 02:22 PM September 14, 2018

One of the gates of Magat dam is opened to release water as preparation for Supertyphoon Ompong which is expected to make landfall Saturday morning in Ramon, Isabela. Pdi photo / Richard A. Reyes

At least three dams in Luzon have started to release water as typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) began to unleash its intense rains and powerful winds in northern Philippines on Friday. 

Weather specialist Richard Orendain, of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said Ambuklao Dam in Benguet opened four gates at two meters. As of 10 a.m., the dam’s water level was at 751.02 meters, close to its spilling level of 752 meters. 


Binga Dam in Benguet also opened four gates at two meters. As of this posting, the dam has a water reservoir of 573.85 meters, a little close to its spilling level of 575 meters.

The waters released from Binga will go to San Roque Dam in Pangasinan, Orendain said.


Magat Dam in Isabela meanwhile has a water level of 188.51 meters, close to its spilling level of 190 meters, as of this posting. It opened one gate at four meters.

Orendain cautioned residents along the water’s path in the towns of Ramon, San Mateo, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Burgos, Naguilian, and Gamu for possible flooding.  /kga

Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon Ompong

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, [email protected] and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, [email protected]

Click here for more weather related news.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Ambuklao Dam, Binga Dam, Local news, Magat Dam, Mangkhut, Nation, national news, news, Ompong, Pagasa, Philippine news updates, Philippine weather, Weather
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.