By Martin Sadongdong
Continuous rains brought about by Tropical Depression “Hanna” and the southwest monsoon (habagat) left at least 371 areas in four regions across the country flooded, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Sunday.
NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said 213 areas in Central Luzon (Region 3), 153 in the National Capital Region (NCR), four in Bicol (Region 5), and one in Calabarzon (Region 4A) were flooded due to bad weather.
As of Sunday afternoon, flood in 126 areas have already subsided, Jalad noted.
Meanwhile, 42 passengers at Pasacao Port in Camarines Sur were stranded as of 4 a.m. Sunday.
A perimeter wall at the Taal National High School in Batangas also collapsed due to landslide around 3 p.m. Saturday. Fortunately, authorities said there was no reported casualty.
DRRMO officials in San Marcelino, Zambales have conducted an assessment after soil erosion occurred, involving a protective dike in Barangay Lucero also on Saturday afternoon.
The Maliwalu Bridge in Bacolor, Pampanga was opened to motorists around 5 p.m. Saturday after it was initially closed to public due to the bad weather.
Jalad ordered the unit heads of RDRRMOs in Ilocos (Region 1), Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa (4B) and NCR to continuously monitor their areas of responsibility to ensure the widest dissemination of weather updates and advisories.
Citing information from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the NDRRMC said the center of “Hanna” was estimated to be at 1,095 k.m. east of Infanta, Quezon, as of 3 a.m. Sunday.
It was moving west northwest at 15 kph, packing a maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of 70 kph.