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‘Falcon,’ monsoon rains set off floods in Olongapo, Zambales


SUNDAY FLOOD. Flood waters, triggered by rains spawned by the southwest monsoon and extreme tropical storm “Falcon” (worldwide title: Khanun), submerged streets and many homes in a coastal Barangay San Miguel in San Antonio, Zambales on Sunday, July 30, (Photograph by Joanna Rose Aglibot)

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales — Floodwaters submerged roads and homes in a number of areas on this province and close by Olongapo Metropolis because of incessant rains introduced by the southwest monsoon which is now being strenghtened by extreme tropical storm “Falcon” (worldwide title: Khanun).

The entire Barangay (village) San Miguel on this city regarded like a river on Sunday morning (July 30) because of widespread flooding. The water reached waist-high and entered many homes.

On Saturday evening (July 29), many residents in Olongapo took to social media with determined pleas for assist as flood water reached the roofs of their homes.

As of this writing, no information was out there as to what number of extra residents had been added to the record of evacuees. As of Saturday, at the least 800 households in Olongapo Metropolis and a number of other cities on this province evacuated to safer grounds.

In the meantime, the Division of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Sunday, stated that the flood water in all roads on this province and in Olongapo subsided.

Some roads had been impassable to mild automobiles, with floodwaters reaching a depth of as much as 14 inches at 11 p.m. on Saturday. These are Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Apo-Rotonda Street, and Rizal Avenue in Olongapo Metropolis, in addition to numerous segments of the Olongapo-Bugallon Street in Subic city in Zambales.

In its 5 a.m. climate bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Companies Administration’s (Pagasa) stated Falcon was final seen 1,190 kilometers (km) east of Northern Luzon transferring 15 kilometers per hour (kph) and carrying most sustained winds of 95 kph and gusts of as much as 115 kph.

Based on Pagasa, Falcon has enhanced the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” which is able to deliver occasional monsoon rains over the western parts of Luzon and Visayas within the subsequent three days.

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