Zambales: The Zambales Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in its latest bulletin said that a total of 1710 families from different towns in the province have been evacuated since yesterday night.
Among the towns affected by landslide, flashflood and floods were castillejos, Botoaln, Iba, Palauig, Masinloc and Candelaria.
An estimated 31 barangay in these towns were affected by Tropical Storm Helen.
The whole length of highway across Zambales was passable according to ZDRRMO.
The bulletin was posted at 1pm today.
Areas affected according to ZDRRMO;
Castillejos: Brgys San Pablo, Balaybay, Nagbunga, Del Pilar; 26 families (112 individuals) evacuated.
Botolan: Barangay Paco, Tampo, San Miguel, Taugtog, Batonlapoc, Capayawan, Bancal, Parel, Carael, San Isidro; flood waters peaked at 4 feet as of midnight last night, subsided to 2ft as of 10:30am today; total of 784 families (2,430 individuals) evacuated.
Iba: Barangay Amungan, Zone V, Dirita, Palanginan, Lipaydingin-Panibuatan; 175 families evacuated; floodwaters reached chest-high; areas still flooded but receded to 1ft (except areas in Amungan still at 4ft).
Palauig: Barangay Macarang, Poblacion, Sto. Nino, Alwa floods around 2 feet peak and subsided to 1ft; 50 families (210 individuals) evacuated.
Masinloc: Barangay San Lorenzo, Sta. Rita, Sto. Rosario, Tapuac, Collat, Baloganon; floods topped at 4 ft in Baloganon riverside area; all areas still flooded with up to 5 inches water; 593 families evacuated (2,129 individuals)
Candelaria: Barangay Pinagrealan, Binabalian; 82 famillies evacuated;
Governor Jun Ebdane has also activated various agencies for deployment to help rescue, evacuation, and relief operations.
Upon Gov’s request, NoLCom’s Gen. Alcantara gave orders to all military commands in Zambales (NETC in San Antonio and 24th IB, Phil Army) to assist in rescue and relief operations.
The governor also sent out message to Zambales residents over Radio Natin 105.7Mhz (12:00NN).
“Sa mga kababayan natin, makinig po tayo sa mga disaster management authorities and heed orders of evacuation. Huwag na natin hintayin lumala pa ang sitwasyon. Don’t worry about the need for food and relief. Habang kumakain kami, kakain din kayo,” he said.
“But we need to set priorities. First is to save lives and deliver health and medical services. Second is to help farmers and fisherfolks recover from damages. Sila ang hardest hit sa pangyayaring ito. Susunod na ang repair ng mga nasirang daan at iba pang infrastructure.”
And last is to establish measures to mitigate damages in case of a repeat of this unfortunate incident.
“Tutukuyin natin ang ugat ng crisis na naganap. Isa na ang clearing ng mga tabing ilog na pinatatayuan ng mga bahay. Bibisitahin natin ang mga dam na nasa paligid ng mga bayang naapektuhan.” Ebdane said.