DISASTER ALERT: TARLAC RIVER OVERFLOWED

TARLAC CITY, August 25, 2003 (STAR) There seems to be no end to Tarlac’s woes.

Still reeling from the havoc of typhoon "Harurot" and heavy floods spawned by a "monsoon trough" recently, the province is again on "disaster alert" as portions of the Tarlac River in the northern towns and the Rio Chico River at the Nueva Ecija boundary have overflowed.

According to retired Brig. Gen. Virgilio Florendo, executive officer of the provincial disaster coordinating council, sandbagging in the western villages of Gerona, Paniqui and Moncada has been rendered "useless" after the Tarlac River "suddenly" overflowed late Saturday.

Typhoon "Niña" exited from the country yesterday after dumping heavy rains in Central and Northern Luzon for two days. — Benjie Villa


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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