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Water level in major dams in Luzon on the rise amid rains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Photo captured by Charisse Cuaresma Laguerder yesterday in San Roque Dam located at Brgy. Cayanga Bugallon, Pangasinan

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Water level in major dams in Luzon continue to rise as multiple weather systems affect the country.

As of 6:00 a.m. Monday (July 23), Angat Dam’s water level in Bulacan rose by one meter from 195.8m on Sunday to 196.8m today.

At La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, water level rose to 76.03m today from 75.86m yesterday.

Water level at Ambuklao and Binga Dams exceeded critical level which prompted the opening of gates to facilitate release.

Ambuklao Dam in Benguet recorded an increase in water level by 0.76m from 750.26m yesterday to 751.02m today. Three of the dam’s gates remain open at a height of 1.5m.

Binga Dam in Agno River, also in Benguet, has recorded an increase in water reserve by almost a meter from 573.26m yesterday to 574.24m today. Four of the dam’s gates also remain open at a height of 4m.

Meanwhile, an embankment dam in Agno River, the San Roque Dam recorded the highest increase of 3.68m from 263.10m yesterday to 266.78m today.

Nueva Ecija’s Pantabangan Dam marked an increase of 1.32m from 191.28m yesterday to 192.6m today.

Magat Dam’s level in Cagayan has rose by 1.09m from 185.80m yesterday to 186.89m today while water level in Caliraya Dam in Lumban, Laguna also increased by 1.05m from 286.71m yesterday to 287.76m today. — Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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Luzon quake death toll rises to 16

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The number of fatalities following the strong earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday afternoon has climbed to 16, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Tuesday, April 23.

Most of the people killed in the 6.1 magnitude quake were from the province of Pampanga, which was heavily hit by the powerful temblor.

Of the 16 reported deaths, 12 were from Porac, two from Lubao and one from Angeles in Pampanga. One fatality was also reported in San Marcelino, Zambales.

The NDRRMC also said that 81 people were injured and 14 remain missing.

The agency, however, stressed that the mentioned figures are still subject to further validation by authorities.

The strong quake, the epicenter of which was located in Castillejos, Zambales, also damaged a total of 29 structures and buildings.

The NDRRMC said a blue alert status has been raised since Monday and regional disaster offices have been ordered to assess their respective areas of responsibility.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, has deployed a 12-man team to help in the ongoing search, rescue and retrieval operations in affected areas.

The Bureau of Fire Protection, on the other hand, sent 155 of its personnel, along with its rescue and fire trucks, and ambulance to Pampanga to assist in the rescue mission.

The NDRRMC said backhoes, jack hammers, hydraulics and cranes are now being used to fast track the operation.

The Department of Social Welfare and Develolment (DSWD), for its part, has prepositioned 305,830 family food packs, and other food and non-food items. A standby fund amounting to more than P1.3 billion was also allocated for other needs.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also reported that measures have already been taken to ensure safety in local fuel refinery units. Generator sets and floodlights were also dispatched for the ongoing operations in Porac, Pampanga.

“As per DOE, Petron Corporation conducted protective tripping of some units of its refinery,” NDRRMC said.

“Also per NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines), Meralco dispatched 2 canter vehicles and 4 generator sets with 8 floodlights to Porac, Pampanga,” it added.

The quake also damaged parts of the Clark International Airport, resulting in the airport’s closure since Monday night.

The operations of Metro Manila’s main rail services were also suspended on Monday but operations have resumed since Tuesday morning. — Robie de Guzman

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Strong quake rocks Luzon

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — A strong earthquake rocked parts of Luzon on Monday, April 22.

In a bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was recorded at 5:11 p.m.

The quake has a depth of 21 kilometers and its epicenter was located in Castillejos, Zambales.

The following intensities were felt in these areas:

Intensity V:

  • San Felipe, Zambales
  • Malabon
  • Quezon City

Intensity IV

  • Makati
  • Pasig
  • Marikina
  • Magalang, Pampanga

Intensity III

  • Batangas area
  • Dasmariñas, Cavite | via @phivolcs_dost

Phivolcs warned that aftershocks and damage are expected.

Due to the strong quake, the management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) suspended its train operations on Monday at around 5:18 p.m.

LRT-2 Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera wrote on his twitter account that “All stations are closed for passenger entry, pending inspection and assessment of all facilities and systems due to earthquake.”

In view of the earthquake felt in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Philippine National Police (PNP) asked the public to remain calm and follow the drill and procedures on earthquake if necessary.

The PNP also assured readiness in responding for any call for help.

“We assure our people that the PNP will stay to provide security, remain alert, and ready to respond for any call for help,” said PNP Spokesperson COL. Bernard Banac. — Robie de Guzman

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3-hour power interruptions burden residents in Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Barangay Sto. Cristo, Quezon City resident Marie Louise Cacapit and her child spent the night inside their car because of the power interruption in their area.

“Sa sasakyan kami natulog para malamigan lang. Wala na ngang tubig wala ng kuryente napakinit pa ng panahon, maiiyak kana sa sobrang init, (We slept in the car just to cool ourselves off. There’s no water, no power and then with this heat)” she said.

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Residents in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon experienced a three-hour power outage, according to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Carmelito Inocencio, also a resident of Barangay Sto. Cristo Quezon City slept on the floor because of the extreme heat.

“Sobra talagang init grabe talaga, sa sahig na ako umano—sa semento para mahanginan, dito ako malamigan, (It was too hot, I slept on the floor just to feel the cold)” he said.

READ: DOE: No looming power crisis in PH

Thousands of residents in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon region including Caloocan, Parañaque, and parts of Bulacan and Cavite were affected by the three-hour power interruption.

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) declared a red alert status on Friday (April 12) for 13 hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

NGCP’s data showed that power demand peaked at 10,334 megawatts while the available capacity is only 10,220 megawatts.

The Manila Electric Company (Meraclo) will have three-hour rotational power interruption for its customers to compensate for the low power reserve.

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Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said there is not enough power reserves.

“Ngayon negative, ibig sabihin wala na talaga tayong mapagkukunang reserba. In fact, deficiency na tayo. Kapag sinabing red alert it means wala ka nang makukuhang reserba para punuan ang pagkukulang, (Now it’s negative. Meaning we have no reserves. In fact, there is a deficiency [in supply]. Red alert means there are no more reserves to fill the demand)” he said.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE) they did not expect the power supply situation to reach the red alert status.

DOE Spokesperson Usec. Felix William Fuentebella said four power plants already shutdown.

“Nagkaroon ng shutdown, nadagdag itong planta na bumigay. So apat na planta plus this on 150MW lumala sitwasyon, (Another power plant shut down. So from four power plants that shutdown plus this one. The situation is getting worse)” he said.

The energy department expects a new alert status by Saturday (April 13).

They also hope that the power situation in the Luzon region will become normal by Wednesday (April 17), when some power plants are expected to resume operations after their temporary shutdown.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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