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FLOODWATERS have subsided in most parts of Olongapo City and Zambales but the aftermath of the massive flooding today can be hardly assessed just yet.

“This is the worst flood to hit Olongapo City,” said Rani Magno, Chief of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Fire and Rescue Dept.

At least one death has been reported in the city with the recovery in Bgy. West Bajac-Bajac of the cadaver of a female victim from Bgy. Sta. Rita who was said to have been swept by strong currents along with her husband, who survived by clinging to a floating tree trunk until help arrived.

WASHED AWAY. A van is lodged beneath Elicaño Bridge near Gordon College. Floodwaters swept through most parts of Olongapo City at dawn today destroying both public and private properties of yet undetermined amount. (SBNphoto by Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr.)

Rains poured hard overnight accompanied by strong winds, knocking-off electric power supply in the city and flooded 16 of its 17 Barangays by 5:00 AM.

Acting Mayor Rodel Cerezo announced the suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, shortly before 6:00 AM.

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino is in the United States for a city sisterhood pact in Virginia, according to the Mayor’s Office. He has sent word, ‘though, that he is cutting short his trip to attend to the needs of his city and constituents.

Floodwaters have subsided, however, except in Barangay Sta. Rita, where floodwaters rose more than 10 ft. deep, surprising even residents whose houses line the riverbanks and have been used to the perennial flooding.

PUBLIC MARKET. Among the hardest hit area by the flood in Olongapo City was Bgy. East Bajac-Bajac, location of the city's public market, where water rose reportedly over five (5) feet. SBNphoto by Vic V. VIZCOCHO, Jr.

In Zambales, authorities believe a family of 5 was buried in a landslide at Brgy. Balaybay in Castillejos town. Only one (1) body has been recovered yet but operations have been stopped as darkness set in and  heavy rains continue, threatening the safety of rescuers.

In Subic town, a total of 15 people are believed to have died in landslides that hit Bgys. Wawandue and Naugsol while authorities in San Marcelino town reported four (4) dead in a landslide at Bgy. Buhawen.

Mud has replaced waters in places where flood have completely subsided but residents near coastal and riverbank areas remain fearful that water will rise again when high tide sets in at approximately 12:50 AM, only hours from now.

In the Subic Bay Freeport, most employees who are mainly residents of Olongapo City and nearby areas, were not able to report for work today due to the floods.

Some major roads in the Freeport were also flooded causing the re-routing of vehicular traffic.  (Vic V. VIZCOCHO, Jr.)

FREEPORT FLOODS. The Subic Bay Freeport also suffered floodings in some major roads including Manila Ave. (photo) where the current main gate leads from Rizal Ave. in the neighboring City of Olongapo which suffered its most severe flooding in recent history. (SBNphoto by Vic V. VIZCOCHO, Jr.)

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  1. yellow.ran says: September 24, 2013

    kung na hakot lng sana mga buhangin sa ilog… di lalake ng husto ang baha… yun lng nmn isa s mga paraan pra mka iwas sa mlake baha jan sa gapo

    • Gina Oliva says: September 24, 2013

      tama nga po…sana nga po ay naalis ang mga buhangin sa ilog..

  2. Mario Garcia says: September 24, 2013

    Very true, ever since they stopped the dredging the river in West Bajac Bajac, flood water is already seeking it\s way to the public market, the level of the riverbed is already higher than most of the establishment in the city proper.

  3. Rhey says: September 24, 2013

    naumpisahan na kasi ang pagbaha 1st time na mataas eh nung 2009 tapos yearly na… then this year grabe ng taas as you experienced dyan sa Gapo… di na normal ung taas ng tubig… dati rati gang tuhod lang pag bumaha dyan sa Rizal Ave… after that naging gang bewang… then last few days lang lampas tao na…. then whats next??? nkakatakot… dpat sna maaksyonan agad ng City Government kung anu man ang naiisip nilang dpat na remedyo sa problema…

  4. Lyn says: September 25, 2013

    Not only that. Filipinos never learn that throwing garbage everywhere clogs the drainage. And the fact that they hardly have decent drainage in the first place.

    • Lyn says: September 25, 2013

      And the fact that they hardly have a decent drainage made it worse.

  5. judy says: September 25, 2013

    kailangan talaga magbawas na tayo ng basura at paggamit ng plastic. mahirap kasi ung puro tayo sana…sana…pero di naman natin ginagawa ang dapat nating gawin sa sarili nating bakuran.

  6. Joewell says: September 25, 2013

    Una dapat linisin yong mga kanal dati taon taon nililinis yan pati yng ilog hinuhukay para lumalim ngayon wala n ska dapat magtanim ng mga puno sa bundok nakita naman nyo yng mga troso bumara sa mga tulay galing sa bundok mga yan naanod pababa

  7. mick yeardley says: September 25, 2013

    they narrow the river sta monica ,not dredge the rivers ,more people, houses and trees chopped down .
    no where for the waste sewage andseptics to drain off to
    things can only get better ?
    ha ha , we all know these new records for disaster each year will get broken next
    dont laugth at us here ; its the
    4 God ; he has the whole world in his hands !

  8. arnold says: September 25, 2013

    mas malaki tong baha na to kesa nung 1997 ata yun?

  9. Jim K. says: September 26, 2013

    Clean all the rivers each year before the raining and the drains!!!

  10. MARIS says: October 4, 2013

    linisin lagi ang mga canals bago poa magtagulan at iwasan ang paggamit ng mga plastik.

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