Pangasinan and Dagupan DRRMCs heighten alert on disaster preparedness

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – The Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has urged residents especially those in towns located along Cayanga-Bued River, Pantal-Sinocalan River and Agno River, including those in villages lying in hilly areas susceptible to flashfloods, to be on alert and take appropriate actions as heavy rains continued to batter the province.

Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government, in an advisory to local governments yesterday, said more intense rains were predicted last night and all day today (August 8).

In a meeting of the PDRRMC, Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan instructed the PDRRMC to alert Local Government Units (LGUs) with the help of the police force to intensify disaster preparedness for quick response to affected areas, according to a report from the Provincial Information Office.

As of yesterday afternoon, PDRRMC reported that the town of Calasiao was partly submerged in rainwaters as nine barangays that include Talibaew, Lasip, San Vicente, Banaoang, Mabini St. Poblacion East and West, Sitio Pandayan in Gabon and Quesban, were flooded.

The disaster body reported that 55 families with 251 persons have been evacuated at Calasiao Aliguas Training Center in Poblacion West.

In Dagupan City, at least 17 barangays experienced flooding as high as three feet. Still under water as of 6 p.m. last night were barangays Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Bonuan Binloc, Herero Perez, Calmay, Barangay 2 and 3, Poblacion Oeste, Pogo Chico, Pogo Grande, and Tapuac.

At least 600 families in Barangay Bonuan Gueset are on tight watch for possible evacuation if flood waters continue to rise. The CDRRMC and barangay council prepared the Sabangan Elementary School as possible evacuation site.

An advisory from City Mayor Benjamin Lim declares suspension of classes in Dagupan City today, August 8, in all levels.

Greg De Vera of PAGASA-Dagupan clarified that there is no typhoon in the Philippine area of responsibility and that the continuous rains are triggered by the southwest monsoon.

As of 6 p.m. last night, the National Power Corporation increased the opening of San Roque Dam water release by 0.5 meters totalling 2.5 meters due to rains coming from upstream. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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