5 flood-hit towns in Tarlac placed under state of calamity

29-Jun-11, 1:06 AM | Philippine News Agency


"Camiling is under state of calamity due to massive flooding spawned by tropical storm Falcon"


TARLAC CITY, Tarlac, Philippines - Five towns in the province have been placed under the state of calamity due to massive flooding spawned by tropical storm "Falcon" (international codename: Meari).

The Tarlac Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (TPDRRMC) on Monday said the towns under calamity state were Concepcion, La Paz, Camiling, San Clemente and Paniqui, which have experienced flash floods of up to breast-deep level due to the heavy downpour caused by Falcon over the weekend.

The TPDRRMC also approved the full utilization of 30 percent of the local government's fund, known as stand-by or quick respond fund (QRF), to allocate for relief and recovery programs so that the lives of residents in the stricken communities will return to normal as quickly as possible as provided in Republic Act 10121.

The TPDRRMC also urged all local government units (LGUs) to initiate their respective Municipal Development Risk and Reduction Management Council for them to utilize their own calamity fund.

Two days ago, the western, northern and eastern portion of the province comprising Camiling, Paniqui, Gerona and La Paz towns were not passable to the motorists due to flooding.

As of Tuesday, only trucks and buses can pass La Paz town.

Motorists going to Nueva Ecija are advised to take the Victoria-La Paz road in Barangay Caramutan while western and northern routes are now passable to all kinds of vehicles.

Acting Governor Pearl Pacada said they distributed 150 packs of relief goods to local residents affected by Falcon and assessed the damage to infrastructures during an inspection tour of the province.

Meanwhile, a four-year-old boy identified as John Ian Dimalanta of Barangay Tinang, Concepcion town drowned when he accidentally slipped at the Sibol river over the weekend. His family tried to save him but without success. His lifeless body was found after several hours.

Source: Philippine News Agency, 29-Jun-11, 1:06 AM / Photo by Jimmy Verano of Camiling, Tarlac