The water level in Angat Dam continues to fall as a result of recent rainfall.…
Calculated and coordinated with authorities, dam water release.
The National Irrigation Administration gave the public the reassurance they needed on Wednesday that the water released from dams would always be measured, gradual, and coordinated with other relevant government organizations.
Following allegations that flash floods that occurred during the height of the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng were caused by the unexpected release of water from dams, NIA Administrator Benny Antiporda provided the assurance.
Unless it is coordinated with other national government agencies and local government entities, Antiporda argued, the agency will not indicate the release of water from any dam. Additionally, residents are warned in advance at the same time.
“One thing we can say is that the flash flood that occurred because of the Magat Dam was not caused by the Iyong Tinatawag Nitin noong araw. Iyan po ay hindi na mangyayari dahil lahat po ng actions po natin dito sa Magat (the flash flood that occurred previously due to the Magat Dam will never again occur because all our actions here in Magat are fully coordinated with the NDRRMC [National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council], fully coordinated with PAGASA, and, of course, with the LGUs [local government units]),” Antiporda said during
‘no bago po tayo magpakawala ng tubig; hours before ay nagsa-siren po tayo, nagkakaroon po ng text blasts at complete coordination’ (before we release water, we sound the siren hours ahead, we conduct text blasts and full coordination),’ he continued.
Antiporda also guaranteed that it wouldn’t happen again as happened in 2020 when Cagayan Valley saw a flash flood as a result of Magat Dam releasing water through its seven spillway gates during the height of Typhoon Ulysses.
Residents referred to the extensive flooding, which hit 22 cities and towns in the province, as the worst in forty years.
In the wake of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng’s onslaught last week, NIA opened one gate of Magat Dam by one meter as the storm continued to dump water, initiating a preventive release of water. To ensure that the 190-meter overflowing level is not surpassed, this is done.
However, as of Wednesday, the dam is still at the critical level of 190.68 meters.
He stated, “What we do before we release the water the next day, we made sure that we tell them; PAGASA would authorize it first before we open.” “Ang ginagawa po natin, bago ho tayo mag-release kinabukasan ng tubig, 24 hours po iyan, ano po, nagbibigay po tayo ng notification sa kanila.
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