Bad weather, flooding displace thousands in Aurora and Bulacan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — Bad weather and flooding have affected over 13,000 people in the provinces of Aurora and Bulacan in the past days, local authorities said Saturday.

In a social media post past 3 p.m., the provincial government of Aurora reported that 2,501 families or 10,353 individuals from 32 barangays have been affected by heavy rains.

Most of the families displaced were from the towns of Baler and Dingalan at 1,048 and 1,000, respectively, according to local disaster response officials. Some of the flood victims had to be rescued.

Authorities said water have subsided in previously reported flooded areas, but Diteki Detour Road and Dilasag-Dinapigue Road remained impassable due to landslide debris.

Meanwhile, as of 12 p.m. Saturday, Bulacan officials reported a total of 780 families or 3,162 individuals evacuated from 22 barangays.

Provincial disaster response officials also said some areas in Calumpit were still flooded as of Saturday noon.

According to the report, most of the displaced residents were from Norzagaray town.

In a Facebook post past 3 p.m., Norzagaray Municipal Public Information said 501 families or 2,153 people were affected as rivers rose due to the release of water from the Angat Dam.

A low pressure area and northeast monsoon or amihan brought persistent rains in the past days and affected the water levels of dams.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Angat Dam's water level was at 214.82 meters and was slowly decreasing. The dam discharged 1,236 cubic meters of water, it added.

The water level of Ipo Dam, which is also located in Norzagaray town, was at 101.04 meters. The dam released 1,227.30 cubic meters of water.

On Friday night, National Irrigation Administration Region 3 said Bustos Dam's elevation was at 17.27 meters and its three sluice gates were opened.

The state weather bureau had advised residents and local officials near the swollen Angat River to take appropriate action, specifically those in Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliwag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, Paombong, and Hagonoy.

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