500,000 Bulacan residents battle floods

Posted at 08/09/2012 8:07 PM | Updated as of 08/09/2012 8:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 500,000 residents of Bulacan were affected by the recent floods caused by nonstop rains, the provincial government said.

Floodwaters in Bulacan became chest-deep on Thursday, affecting several barangays.

Residents rushed to either the second floor or roof of their homes, while those who wanted to move to safer ground were rescued by Bulacan personnel.

Rescuers prioritized the sick, pregnant women, and children.

Local officials cannot estimate when and how fast the floods will rise further, especially as the Hagonoy River has already burst its banks.

The Angat and Bustos dams are also beyond their spilling levels and the Pampanga River has overflowed.

Half of Hagonoy is now submerged in floodwater.

Neighboring town Paombong is also underwater with about 10,000 people affected.

Calumpit

In the flood-hit town of Calumpit, residents appeal for aid as food supply is running low.

More than 22,000 families in 29 barangays are affected by floods in Calumpit, which was also badly-hit by floods in 2009.

Most of the families are staying in 15 evacuation centers.

Only trucks and buses can enter and exit the town due to the floods, making it difficult for rescue teams and relief groups to reach the area. -- Reports from Ron Gagalac and Korina Sanchez, ABS-CBN News; ANC