MASSIVE EVACUATION AS BABS FLOODS METRO-MANILA, RIZAL
Manila, Oct. 23, 1998 - Typhoon Babs weakened as it's center skirted thickly-populated areas of Metro Manila and nearby towns, but nevertheless brought enough rains that flooded major city thoroughfares and residential areas.
At least five lakeshore towns in Rizal were under water hours before typhoon Babs (Loleng) hit the province yesterday. Disaster Operation Center (DOC) reported the evacuation of some 24,450 families from the lakeshore towns of Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Morong and Binangonan, where water was reported waist-deep in some areas as of 5 p.m. yesterday.
At the government resettlement area in Taytay, some 24,000 families were forced to flee to higher grounds as their area known as Lupang Arinda went underwater late yesterday afternoon. DOC officials said that the area is flood-prone as it is at the same level as Laguna Lake.
In Rizal province, Gov. Casimiro Ynares Jr. evacuated hundreds of families in the towns of Jala-Jala, Pililia, Baras, Morong, Cardona and Teresa as part of the measures of the provincial government.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council based in Morong blamed reclamation of portions of Laguna lake to form residential subdivisions for the massive flooding along Rizal coastal towns.
Major thoroughfares in Metropolitan Manila reported to have chest-deep floodwaters were Ortigas Ave. Ext., Felix Ave., Marcos Highway and Bonifacio Ave. in Cainta and Rizal Ave. in Taytay. Some 70 percent of Angono was flooded.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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