Rising floods force many residents to rooftops
MANILA - Local officials declared a state of calamity in Cavite and parts of Laguna as rising floods forced many residents to stay on the roofs of their houses Monday.
Santa Rosa, Laguna Mayor Arlene Arcillas said the flooding in their city was similar to the one caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009. At least 15 out of 18 barangays in the city are submerged.
"Ganito rin nung Ondoy pero nung Ondoy mas nadalian kami mag rescue. Ngayon, parang lumaki yung tubig galing sa taas siguro. Yung amphibian at truck na binigay ng private developers and contractors hindi makagalaw," she told radio dzMM.
Mayor Lourdes Cataquiz of San Pedro, Laguna said Monday's flood was worse than the Ondoy floods, saying many people were trapped in their houses. A state of calamity was also declared in San Pedro.
Ramon Carencia, public information officer of Biñan, Laguna, said some 9,000 evacuees from 8 barangays have been brought to evacuation centers as of Monday morning.
He said Biñan Mayor Marlyn Alonte has declared a state of calamity because of the flooding. He said Alonte's house was affected by the flood.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla declared a state of calamity as the province grapples with heavy rains and rising floods.
At least two people were killed in the flood while a third person was declared missing.
Remulla told ANC all major roads going in and out of Cavite are closed with the towns of Imus, General Trias, Poblacion, Noveleta, Tanza and Naic not passable.
The governor said at least 24 families have been evacuated in Noveleta as the Ylang-Ylang River rose to 8 meters.
Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito earlier said at least 500 families have been evacuated from flooded areas in the province. He said he expects the figure to rise as rescue boats rush to pick up stranded residents.
Ejercito said floodwaters have reached the roofs of one-storey houses in Santa Rosa. Waist-deep waters have also submerged subdivisions in Cabuyao while San Pedro, Biñan and Calamba are also under water.
The governor is urging the Department of National Defense to help in the rescue operations. He also asked Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to send food and water to the victims.
Ejercito said the overflowing of Laguna Lake caused the massive flooding.
The rains were brought by the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm "Maring", which was spotted off Batanes.