Flood in Calumpit, Bulacan is slowly receding and may last for a week, according to Mayor Jessie De Jesus.
In an interview over Teleradyo, De Jesus said floodwaters in the town are slowly subsiding days after Typhoon “Ulysses” battered Luzon.
“Bumababa na [ang baha], medyo mabagal lang kasi wala nang dadaluyan, mataas din ang level ng ating karagatan kaya medyo mabagal ang pagbaba (The flood is slowly subsiding, it cannot flow because our sea level is also high),” De Jesus said.
“Sa bagal nito baka umabot pa kami ng isang linggo. Mga one week pa siguro para medyo mababa na (At its slow pace, it may take a week before it fully subsides),” he added.
Several villages in Calumpit are submerged in three to seven feet of water.
Many roads are not still passable, so residents heading to work have to be fetched by a dump truck.
“Yung mga di po madaanan ng sasakyan, meron tayong dump truck ngayon na naghahakot ng tao mula sa areas na panggagalingan nila (Those who cannot use their cars will be fetched by a dump truck from their areas),” De Jesus said.
De Jesus also assured that the Rural Health Unit and Municipal Health Office in Calumpit are monitoring residents to prevent leptospirosis and dengue outbreaks.
Calumpit is a perennial catch basin of back floods coming from flooded areas in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga.
Earlier, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Bulacan said nearly 45,000 families were affected by the rising floods brought by Typhoon “Ulysses.”