(UPDATE)Rampaging floods destroy 21 houses in Bulacan

August 8, 2012 11:27 pm 

by Emil G. Gamos

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, Aug. 8 — Rampaging floodwaters swept at least 21 houses in barangays Poblacion, Paltao, Sto. Cristo and Tabing-Ilog, all in Pulilan town, on Wednesday morning.

A house in Barangay Sto. Cristo here was also destroyed after it was crushed by a giant mango tree that was uprooted by severe flooding that has submerged 33 villages in this capital city since Monday.

Another house was also destroyed by landslide caused by an eroded dike in Barangay Lumang Bayan in Plaridel town.

There were no casualties in the said incidents, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported.

The severe flooding being experienced in many parts of the province also claimed the lives of Anob Langres, a six-month old baby boy in Barangay Look here, and Roy Cailan, 47, a resident of Barangay San Pascual, Obando on Tuesday.

Liz Mungcal, PDRRMC executive director, said both victims drowned after being swept by rampaging floodwaters.

A radio message received at the Bulacan Emergency Response and Rescue Operations Center said that two boys were missing after crossing a swollen creek in Barangay Sapang Dayap, San Ildefonso town Wednesday afternoon.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, boarded a dump truck and led a convoy of trucks carrying relief goods to flood victims in Barangay Antipona, Bocaue and Barangay Bayugo in Meycauayan City.

Alvarado also asked the public to call 044-7910566, the hotline of the Bulacan Emergency Response and Rescue Operations Center for assistance.

Rescue and massive relief operations are still on-going. Troops from the Philippine Army and the policemen from the Provincial Safety Management Company are also assisting in the relief and rescue operations. (PNA)

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