In Zambales province, radio reports said a man and a woman were found dead in Botolan town due to floods, but Governor Amor Deloso said they were still verifying the information.
“Di pa masyadong kumpirmado, ang rescue operations sa kabilang panig may dalawang casualty, mag-asawa pa, napakalungkot (We are still confirming this, that rescue workers found a couple already lifeless. It is very sad),” Deloso said in an interview on dzXL radio.
He said the flooding affected eight villages. “About 15,000 ang taong involved (This affected about 15,000 people),” he said. Deloso said he has declared a state of calamity in the province, adding that it was the first time the dike broke in the last 17 years.
He said the dike was doomed to collapse under the heavy rain brought by typhoon “Kiko” since the structure was made only from mountain soil and daraga.
“It’s not cemented yet,” said Deloso in Filipino over a separate Unang Balita interview. “The sandbags can no longer hold the water. Our bulldozers can’t enter the area near the dike as well. The current is so strong,” he added.
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