25 September 2013

Olongapo in full swing to bring back situation to normal after flood

OLONGAPO CITY - The city of Olongapo is now in full swing in clearing out debris, mud and trash and handing out relief good to residents which was affected by the flood that hit the city Monday morning.

Olongapo City Administrator Mamerto Malabute has already instructed the engineering department to clear the main roads of the city and have ordered the distribution of relief good to residents and evacuees who are currently in the evacuation centers.

16 out of the 17 barangay have been affected by the flood Malabute said.

The city council on Monday morning declared a state of calamity in the city.

“I have instructed the city engineer to estimate the damage caused by the flood and clear the main road, schools and public market to bring the city into normal situation,” Malabute said.

Hilda Escobar, a resident of barangay Sta Rita drowned after being swept by heavy current Monday morning.

Gonzalo Pascua, head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office said that more than 600 families have been rescued and brought to different evacuation centers in the city.

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said that he would cut his trip short in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA to manage the situation. (PAO Olongapo)