Municipal Disaster Office:
Valladolid is nearly 90% flooded
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Falcon left around 87.5 percent of Valladolid flooded.
In a radio interview with Valladolid Municipal Disaster Office head John Dexter Celis, he said 14 of the town’s 16 barangays were affected over the course of two days of non-stop rains.
Celis noted, only a portion of the town’s Barangay Poblacion was spared.
The local official also pointed out, flooding resulted in an estimated P2.6 million in crop damages.
He added, Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles has already ordered the distribution of relief goods to affected residents.
Earlier, the neighboring towns of San Enrique and Pontevedra were also affected by rising water levels, with the latter reported nine families were evacuated.
Based on the latest monitoring made by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Falcon was last spotted north northeast of Basco, Batanes.
The storm is presently moving north at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gusts up to 90 kph.
PAGASA further noted, Falcon is enhancing the southwest monsoon, or “habagat,” along the western section of the country.
The weather bureau is also monitoring another low pressure area located 265 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, which could develop into another tropical depression within 48 hours./DGB, WDJ