223 Pampanga areas flood-prone

City of San Fernando, Pampanga - The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here identified yesterday 223 barangays in 14 towns and one city of Pampanga as high-risk areas for floods.

PDRRMC head Angie Blanco said these were in the towns of Apalit, Arayat, Bacolor, Candaba, Floridablanca, Guagua, Lubao, Macabebe, Masantol, Mexico, Minalin, San Luis, Sasmuan, and Sto. Tomas, and this capital city.

The most flood-prone was identified in the report as Floridablanca, with all of its 33 barangays at high risk of being inundated during a heavy downpour.

It is followed by Macabebe with 23 flood-prone barangays; Lubao with 20; and Masantol and Guagua towns, each with 18 flood-prone villages.

The flood warning was also raised for this rainy season in 15 barangays in Minalin; 14 in Candaba; 12 in Sasmuan; nine in San Luis; eight in Apalit; six in Arayat; six in Bacolor; seven in Sto. Tomas; and two in Mexico.

In this city, 12 barangays are vulnerable to floods.

Governor Lilia G. Pineda has already activated an operation center at the former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regional office on Jose Abad Santos Avenue, where every municipality will have a satellite office.

The provincial government is also monitoring the disaster mitigation projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the province, including the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike and the transverse Gugu Dike which runs from this city to Arayat.