48,000 families stranded in Pampanga

Posted at 08/09/12 5:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – About 48,000 families remain stranded in Pampanga due to deep floods.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said a dike was damaged because of the nonstop rains, causing water to overflow to several towns in the province.

Residents of San Fernando, Sto. Tomas, Minalin, San Simon, Macabebe and Masantol remain stuck in their flood-hit homes because roads are impassable, even to the Army rescue trucks.

“Nagtutulung-tulong na ngayon ang mga kababayan natin sa Macabebe at Masantol. Sila na mismo ang mga nagre-rescue ng mga kababayan nila kasi hindi makapasok ang mga Army truck,” said Pineda.

Pineda said rescued residents will be transferred to barangays on higher ground.

Authorities said 354 barangays in Pampanga remain submerged in floodwater.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the floods have resulted to the deaths of 6 persons. Two others remain missing.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense said a total of 131,613 families were affected by floods in the province.

Around 4,000 families are now staying at evacuation centers.

A state of calamity was earlier declared in the province.

On Wednesday, former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited her constituents in Lubao to distribute relief goods. -- Reports from Trisha Mostoles and Gracie Rutao, ABS-CBN News Pampanga; ANC