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State of calamity declared in Pampanga
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SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) declared on Tuesday the province under state of calamity.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said the declaration would allow the provincial government to dispense the P75 m calamity funds to immediately conduct relief operations and provide assistance to affected residents.

The PDRRMC reported that 215 barangays of the 19 municipalities and two cities in the provice were flooded from one to five feet rendering major roads impassable to light vehicles.

The affected areas are the cities of San Fernando and Mabalacat and the towns of Magalang, Guagua, Lubao, Floridablanca, Porac, Sasmuan, Sta. Rita, Arayat, Bacolor, Mexico, Sta. Ana, Apalit,Candaba, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, San Simon and Sto. Tomas.

Some 4,433 families or 20,903 individuals were displaced in the coastal town of Masantol where 26 villages were under three to five feet of water.

Nine families or 34 individuals were evacuated in Macabebe Central School where 25 villages are under floodwater.

In Bacolor, some 56 familiess were affected by three feet flood waters affecting the villages of Mesalipit (Babo), Cabalantian and Talba. Twenty-one families or 88 individuals sought refuge at Mesalipit Tent near the barangay hall.

Some 100 families or 500 individuals are staying at the Lambac Barangay Hall and Osca building in Guagua.

Governor Pineda ordered the immediate and pre-emptive evacuation and rescue operation of affected families in all municipalities with the assistance of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP) and the concerned local officials.

She assured that the provincial government is closely monitoring the situation on a 24/7 basis.

She said that all the 11 district hospitals in the province were turned into action centers and made sure that supplies of medicines are available.

Barangays San Antonio, Maligaya, Portuna, Cadangcalan, Sta. Monica and San Pedro of Floridablanca are under two to four feet floodwater.

The villages of Sta Monica, San Antonio, San Pedro, Sto. Tomas and Sta. Cruz in Sasmuan are also flooded while in Sta. Rita, two to three feet floodwater submerged the villages of San Matias, San Basilio, San Jose, San Juan. San Agustin, Sta. Monica, Becuran and Dila-Dila.

The Porac-Guagua-Dila Dila is not passable to light vehicles due to knee deep floodwater while in Porac, barangay Balubad is two to thre feet underwater.

A landslide occurred at Barangay Jalung and Babo Sacan. A barangay health worker was injured.

Three barangays in San Fernando City are also three feet underwater while the Jose Abad Santos Avenue in the portion of San Fernando Junction is not passable to light vehicles.

In Sta. Ana, one foot floodwaters inundated the 14 barangays of San Agustin, San Bartolome, Sa Isidro, San Joaquin, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, San Pablo, San Pedro, San Roque, Santiago, Sta Lucia and Sta. Maria and Sto. Rosario.

In Apalit town, barangays sBatasan, Capalangan, Sucad (Purok 3), San Vicente (Bagong Pag-asa)were submerged into two to five feet deep floodwater while the Pampanga River inundated the barangays of Capalangan and Sulipan.

In Candaba, the barangays of San Agustin, Sitio Dukma in Paralaya, Pescadores, Bambang, Pasig are now inundated by floodwaters.

In Minalin, barangays San Isidro, Lourdes, Sta. Maria, Sto. Domingo, San Nicolas, Dawe and Maniago are submerged with two feet floodwater.

In San Simon, 13 barangays were inundated such as Dela Paz, San Pedro, Sta. Cruz, San Isidro, San Juan, San Pablo (Proper), Sto. Nino, San Agustin, San Jose, Sta. Monica, San Pablo Libutad, San Nicolas and San Miguel with 1 to 3.5 floodwater affecting 800 families or 2,657 individuals.

In Arayat, the barangays of San Agustin, San Jose Mesulo and Cupang are under three to four feet floodwater affecting 180 families.

In Sto. Tomas, seven barangays were inundated by two to six feet floodwaters, namely: San Matias, Moras Dela Paz, Sto. Rosario, San Bartolome, Poblacion, Sto. Nino and San Vicente.

In Guagua town, 31 barangays such as Plaza Burgoz, Bancal, San Bancal, San Roque, Sta. Filomena, San Pedro, Sto. Cristo, Santo Nino, San Nicolas 1st, San Rafael (duck island), San Juan 1st, San Pablo, San Isidro, San Antonio, San Jose, San Matias, San Juan Bautista, San Juan Nepomuceno, San Nicolas 2nd, San Miguel (Betis), Sta. Inez, Sta. Ursula, San Agustin, Jose Abad Santos, Lambac, Magsaysay, Maquiapo, Natividad, Rizal, Pulung Masle, San Vicente (Ebus) and Ascomo.

In Lubao, twenty-nine barangays are flooded with two to four feet deep, affecting 4,433 families or 20,903 individuals in the villages of Balantacan, Bancal Pugad, Bancal Sinubli, Baruya, Calangain, Concepcion, Lourdes, Prado Siongco, Remedios, San Agustin, San Francisco, San Juan, San Jose Gumi, San Nicolas I, San Nicolas 2, San Pedro Saug, San Roque Arbol, San Roque Dau 1, San Roque Dau II, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Cruz, Sta Lucia, Sta. Maria, Sta. Monica, Sta. Tereza I, Sta. Tereza II, Sto. Nino and Sto. Tomas.