Life returning to normal in Pangasinan as flood is now subsiding

October 11, 2009 9:49 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 12 — Relief operations continue to be on high gear even if the flood has already subsided in many areas in the province and the many impassable roads during the height of the flooding have been reopened.

This was disclosed by Governor Amado Espino Jr. as he announced that only one gate of the San Roque Multi-purpose Project (SRMP) in San Manuel town is now opened and spilling only about 187 cubic meter per second of water downstream of the Agno River.

Espino said that aside from this, weather is also cooperating as it has not rain in Pangasinan since Saturday, and that the only places still under water are some areas in the second, third and fourth districts of Pangasinan that affected by the normal rise of tidal water.

Many of the evacuees have also returned home and have started to fix their destroyed houses.

On the other hand, the Department of Education (DepEd) regional office announced that classes in the whole Pangasinan province are still suspended from Monday to Wednesday because of the flood.

The announcement was relayed by DedpEd to six school divisions in Pangasinan, namely Pangasinan I and II, Dagupan, Urdaneta, San Carlos and Alaminos.

A report said that of the many impassable roads, only the road going to Dagupan City from Urdaneta City remained closed.

Victory Liner has announced the resumption of its trip from Dagupan to Manila while the line from Dagupan to Baguio remained close as all three roads leading to Baguio– Kennon Road, Naguilian Road and Marcos Highway– are still not passable.

Espino is checking reports that floodwater is still rising in San Carlos City, which might affect adjacent Calasiao, Binmaley and Dagupan City.

As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, a few areas in Dagupan City are still under water and without electricity. Dagupan is the catchment basin of all water from the upland through the overflowing Pantal River.

The governor said many of the evacuees, particularly in the fifth and sixth districts, went back to their homes.

Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) reported that 21 persons died due to flood in Pangasinan.

Butch Velasco, Pangasinan provincial information officer, said the province's 34 towns and three cities were affected by the flood.

The flood affected 117,210 families or 618,700 persons in 627 barangays. The number of evacuation centers put up all over the province were 119.

Avenix Arenas, PDCC spokesperson, reported that initial damages from the flood were placed at P181.25 million worth of infrastructures, P1.4 billion on rice, P1.4 billion on corn, P160 million on vegetables, P96.4 million on fisheries; and P1.13 million on livestock.

Arenas said they expect the damages to increase after all the reports from various affected towns and cities will be submitted. (PNA)

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