Navotas in state of calamity

Posted at 08/01/12 10:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A state of calamity was declared in Navotas City on Wednesday following massive flooding that hit 10 barangays in the city.

Barangays Tangos, San Roque, San Jose, Daang Hari, Sipac, Bangkulasi, Bagumbayan North, Bagumbayan South, Navotas West and North Bay Boulevard South remain submerged in floods because of heavy rains since Sunday.

Water at the Malabon-Navotas River, which is part of the Tullahan River, also overflowed due to the rains.

Several houses in Barangay Tangos, meanwhile, were damaged because of strong waves coming from Manila Bay.

More than 690 families have been ordered to evacuate and are not allowed to return to their homes until the flooding has subsided.

Authorities said the city has about P30 million in calamity fund to assist the affected families, who are now temporarily staying at nearby evacuation centers. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM