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Angat Dam water rises past minimum operating level, Bustos Dam still releasing water

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The water elevation of Angat Dam has risen above its minimum operating level of 180 meters due to rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

Ret. Col. Manuel Lukban, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said as of 8 a.m. Monday, the water level of Angat Dam was monitored at 180.13 meters as against 179.14 meters on Sunday.

On the other hand, Bustos Dam is still releasing water as of 6 a.m. on Monday, while Angat Dam water elevation has risen past its 180-meter minimum operating level.

Lukban added that Bustos Dam’s water level on the said date was at 17.20 meters and has its Sluice Gates 1 and 2 still raised at one meter high each.

“The dam is releasing a total of 54 cubic meters per second of water on its downstream river system while irrigation water is not being released on its service areas,” Lukban said.

Lukban expressed hope that the southwest monsoon could bring much-needed rain to the dam’s water level.

As these developed, Lukban also reported that a total of 123 families or 439 individuals were brought to 10 evacuation centers in Bulacan due to rising floodwater.

A total of 17 families were brought to an evacuation center in Barangay Canalate in Malolos; four in Barangay Matungao, Bulakan; 40 in Barangays Bunducan and Igulot in Bocaue; 37 in Barangays Malis and Poblacion in Guiguinto; 21 in Barangays Panginay, Wawa and San Juan in Balagtas and four in Barangay Saluysoy in Meycauayan. (With Ramon Lazaro)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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