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Flood leaves P20M worth of damage, 2 dead 463 families displaced

OLONGAPO City: The massive flooding that submerge 16 out of the 17 barangays in the city last August 7 left P20 million worth of estimated damage, killed 2 and displaced some 463 families who were forced to evacuate due to high flood waters.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Olongapo City reported some 1,321 individuals were displaced in nine evacuation center in the city the statistic does not include others who did not evacuate or stayed in the evacuation centers.

DRRM reported two fatalities identified as Anthony Ramos, 31, and Rolando Capistrano, 54, who both drowned in the floods on Tuesday.

In Old Cabalan 47 families or 191 persons were evacuated in a covered court, 22 families (85 persons) in Mabayuan Barangay Hall, 40 families (85 persons) in East Bajac Bajac Elementray School, 159 families (443 persons) in Sta. Rita, 25 families (65 persons) in New Ilalim Elementary School, 50 families (100 persons) in New Kababae, 40 families (156 persons) in New Kalalake Highschool, 50 families (100 persons) in Kalaklan, and 30 families (96 persons) in Olongapo City Convention Center.

Some net citizens called the Tuesday’s flood as the worst flooding ever in the history of Olongapo.

“Ito na ang pinaka grabeng baha sa gapo,” a comment posted on page said.

Online help

Subic Times posted real time situational update during Tuesday’s flood, including photos and videos.

Many appreciated the updates especially Olongapeno’s who were abroad.

Other net citizen also posted updates in their respective area in Subic Times facebook page, other called out for help.

“Social media played a big role during the flood, I think we did good in updating the situation and calling out help to our rescuers via our facebook page,” editor Anthony Bayarong said.

“Most of our post asking for help was picked up by 89.5 Bay FM who was also announcing emergency number, calling out rescuer and directing them to were help was needed.” Bayarong added.

Aside from the shout outs net citizens also posted real time photo of their respective situation.

Olongapo City Mayor James Gordon Jr. placed the city under state of calamity flowing the flood.

Clearing operation started Wednesday but heavy rains during the night brought fear to residents as angle deep flood was reported in the Ulo ng Apo rotunda at around 10PM, the flood subsided few hours later.

Relief operation went full blast Thursday by the local government of Olongapo, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, NGO, locators inside Subic Bay Freeport and other individuals.-Jlyne Ubiña



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