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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bataan's Pentor Dam collapses ....

The Pentor Dam in Dinalupihan collapsed while the Torres River, also in the town, suffered a breach Tuesday afternoon, causing flood waters to rise in four barangays of the municipality and threatened 16 others in the poblacion.

Mayor Joel Payumo said sandbagging operations were going on to lessen the flow of water from the Pentor dam that had become swollen due to heavy rains since Sunday.

The Dinalupihan mayor said he has directed rescue operations in barangays Pentor, Daan-Bago and Sta. Isabel and asked residents to go to higher grounds. Payumo said the portion at the old Pentor dike could no longer control too much water and collapsed at about 1:00 in the afternoon.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority sent its rescue team on standby at the municipal hall ready to assist. The mayor said he has ordered the preparation of repacked relief goods for immediate distribution to evacuees.

At 3:00 p.m., Vice-Mayor Leonardo Cruz said that a portion of the Torres River also got breached with flood waters threatening 16 barangays in the poblacion of Dinalupihan. He said that flood waters in Barangay Torres was already 5 feet high..

He said flood waters from the Torres river that is connected to other big rivers in Dinalupihan and Pampanga were already felt rushing to the poblacion of Dinalupihan. The vice-mayor said sandbags were ready to be dispatched in Torres.

Tess Senora of the Office of Civil Defense said the road in Layac, also in Dinalupihan and Sta. Isabel, were no longer passable by cars and other light vehicles as of 11:00 a.m. Waters from the collapsed dam and the breached river contributed to floods in the area.

Engineers and workers from the provincial government, the Department of Public Works and Highways and Philippine Army personnel rushed to Pentor to help in sandbagging operations.

Senora also reported that five barangays in Hermosa were with flood waters of from 2 to 6 feet deep. The affected villages were Almacen with 5-6 feet flood waters, Daungan and Pulo (3-4 feet) and Burgos and A. Rivera (2-3 feet).

She reported that there were no affected families in evacuation centers so far. (PNA)


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