1,000 families flee floodings in Northern Mindanao

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SOME 1,000 thousand families were evacuated to safer grounds after flash floods and landslides caused by 10 days of continuous rains struck Northern Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Sunday.

NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Alexander Pama said the town of Kibawi in Bukidnon was badly hit 4,683 people affected.

Pama said damage to properties was placed at P2.39 million, including P1.l093 in agriculture.

He added that the road connecting Barangay Balintawak to Marapangi, and the Kibawe National High School and Magsaysay road were damaged due to landslides


The report said that three houses were also totally damaged with estimated cost of P44,000.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Kibawe has assessed the damage in the affected areas.

The local government of Kibawe also facilitated the manual clearing operation of debris and manual filing of soil, limestone and other filling materials.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 10 is coordinating with the Bukidnon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council for further information on the landslide and flooding incidents.

The NDRRMC also reported a landslide at Sitio Tinago, Barangay Napaliko in Arakan, Cotabato due to prolonged moderate to heavy rainfall that resulted to the oveflow of Matigol River.

The OCD Region 12 reported that 24 families were evacuated and eight houses were destroyed but no casualties were reported.

The road network connecting seven barangays were damaged while roads in the villages of Maria Caridad and Kinawaya were not passable to light vehicles.

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