Subic, Olongapo bear habagat's brunt

Posted at 09/23/13 12:54 PM

Olongapo under state of calamity

MANILA (UPDATE) – Subic and Olongapo City in Zambales are two of the areas most devastated by the non-stop rains since Sunday evening.

The massive flooding in Olongapo has prompted the entire city council to declare a state of calamity.

"We are now under state if Calamity, MRP has asked the help of U.S. Navy personnel station in Subic for the rescue and relief operation in Olongapo. He will be cutting short his official trip in U.S.," the Olongapo City Public Information Office said in its Facebook page.

"Pinakamataas na baha sa history ng Olongapo now... Unanimous decision. Di makayanan ng local rescue teams. Need help of national govt. Wala kuryente [dito]. Di makagamit ng internet. Ang dami nagpaparescue," the Olongapo City PIO said in a separate, quoting city councilor Winnie Ortiz.

Radio dzMM's Jeff Gallos, meanwhile, reported that some residents are now stranded on the roofs of their homes as chest-deep to neck-deep floods submerged parts of Subic and Olongapo.

Residents in Barangays Mabayuan, Santa Rita, Kalaklan, Barretto, East Bajac-Bajac and West Bajac-bajac in Olongapo also reported flooding in their respective areas.

The bridge connecting Subic and Olongapo was also rendered impassable after the river swelled due to non-stop rains.

10 killed in landslides

In Subic, at least six people were killed after a landslide hit Barangay Wawandue in Subic, Mayor Jefferson Khonghun confirmed.

A landslide also occurred in Barangay San Isidro. No fatalities were reported yet in the said village, but Khonghun said several people were buried in the landslide.

Four landslide fatalities were also reported in Barangay Adlaw, San Marcelino, Zambales.

Khonghun said heavy flooding was reported in Barangays San Isidro and Naugsol and most of the major roads in the town are now impassable.

The mayor is asking the help of the government as residents are expected to converge in evacuation centers in the town. He said the town council is expected to place Subic under state of calamity soon.

PAGASA forecaster Meno Mendoza earlier said the moderate to heavy rains being experienced over parts of Luzon since Sunday are due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm Pabuk located outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Mendoza said Pabuk may enter PAR but is not expected to hit land.