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RESIDENTS TOLD TO FLEE

San Roque dam releases 'alarming amount of water'


 

PAGASA's hydrology division on Saturday said forced evacuation is advisable in some Pangasinan areas due to the "alarming" amount of water being released by the San Roque dam.

Super Radyo dzBB's Divine Reyes reported that, as of 7 p.m. on Saturday, the dam opened its spillway to up to seven meters.

According to PAGASA hydrologist Richard Orendain, the amount of water that was being released to Agno River in Pangasinan was "very alarming."

"Yes, very alarming na nga itong pagpapakawala ni San Roque dahil 'yung seven meters na total opening niya, ang inilalabas niya is 1,395 cubic meters per second," he said.

 

 

"Hindi na ito kayang i-accomodate ng Agno river dahil nga po 'yung nakaraang pag-ulan dahil po sa bagyo at talagang halos aabot na sa critical elevation," he added.

"Kailangan na nga po natin ng forced evacuation ang mangyayari dito dahil talagang magkakaroon po 'yun ng malawaking pagbaha dito po sa lugar ng Pangasinan," he said.

Orendain said the following areas in Pangasinan could be first to be affected by the discharge:

  • San Manuel
  • San Nicolas
  • Tayug
  • Santa Maria
  • Villasis
  • Alcala
  • Bautista
  • Rosales
  • Bayambang
  • Asingan

"Pinapayuan po natin ang ating mga kababayan na nasa ilog na mag-ingat po tayo at kailangan po nating lisanin ang mga lugar na nabanggit ko," Orendain said.

In a separate interview, Ron Castilloresearch and planning officer of the Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said flooding has already been experienced in some municipalities.

 

 

Castillo told Super Radyo dzBB that the provincial government has already advised concerned municipalities about evacuating residents living near the Agno river.

"So 'yung rough estimate natin ay nasa 6,000 na kababayan natin ang dapat i-evacuate sa malalapit po sa Agno river po," he said.

"Nagbigay na po kami ng mga abiso sa mga kinauukulan upang mag-forced evacuation na sa mga lugar na 'to," he added. -NB, GMA News

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