Red Cross volunteers mobilized for possible rescue, relief operations in Nueva Ecija, Pangsinan

October 8, 2009 9:45 am 

MANILA, Oct. 8 – The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) on Thursday afternoon mobilized all its chapter volunteers for possible rescue and relief operations in Nueva Ecija and nearby areas that might be displaced by flooding due to release of water from the Pantabangan Dam.

“PNRC chairman Sen. Richard J. Gordon directed all Red Cross Chapters to alert their respective communities in the province for preemptive evacuation.” PNRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.

“Sen. Gordon is now mobilizing logistics support such as helicopters and boats in case rescue and relief effort will be needed. The Red Cross is on alert and monitoring the situation,” Pang said.

At 2:30 p.m., Pang said they were informed by PNRC-Nueva Ecija Administrator Elena Ladignon and Engr. Antonio Nangel, head of operations of National Irrigation Administration (NIA)-Pantabangan Dam, that water was being released to prevent it from overflowing.

As of 2 p.m., the inflow at Pantabangan Dam is 2,190 centimeters with elevation of 220 meters. Outflow is 400 centimeters and the spilling level is 221.

Pang said areas to be affected are the towns of Rizal, Bongabon and Palayan City.

“Residents in low-lying villages along Pampanga River in Nueva Ecija and Agno River in Pangasinan were told to move to higher grounds Thursday due to possible flooding from overflowing dams upstream,” Pang said.

Officials said nonstop rains spawned by the tropical depression "Pepeng" (Parma) has prompted the administration of San Roque Dam in Pangasinan, to open the dam’s floodgates. (PNA)

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