Philippines: Northern Communities Cope with Severe Flooding

Karl Romano
Dagupan, Philippines

A boatman ferries people aboard a canoe under a sign proclaiming national disaster resiliency month in Dagupan, Philippines, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)


Flooding cannot stop a funeral procession as a casket floats aboard a canoe, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)


People crowd onto a rickshaw, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)


A worker removes items from a flooded storefront, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)


Motorized and non-motorized vehicles travel along a flooded street in Dagupan, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)


Boats and a bicyclist cross flooded paths, July 24, 2018. (Karl Romano/BenarNews)

Three days of torrential rains caused by a tropical storm flooded low-lying areas in the northern Philippines, particularly the coastal communities of Bataan province and Dagupan city.

While the country sees at least 20 storms a year – some of them destructive – the latest flooding caught many by surprise. Residents woke up over the weekend to find murky brown water flowing from rivers that had burst their banks seeping into their homes.

A dike in Sinucalan River in Santa Barbara town was breached. Water coming from upland areas and mountain rangers cascaded down the channels.

The flooding is affecting more than 670,000 residents in about 20 cities and municipalities. Officials declared a state of calamity in Pangasinan province, the home of Dagupan, and Cavite province, according to media reports.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan cut through the heart of the Philippines, with sustained winds of 195 mph, causing massive destruction in the archipelago and deaths of over 6,300.


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