• 12 Maguindanao towns reel from floods

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    MAGUINDANAO: After about a week of a continuous heavy downpour, the water level in Liguasan Marsh continue to increase and flooding has affected 12 towns in the province Maguindanao and thousands of families and millions-worth of crops were damaged.

    The Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) reported that the affected towns are Ampatuan, Datu Salibo, Sultan Sa Barongis, Rajah Buayan, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Buluan, Mangudadatu, Pandag, Mamasapano, Paglat, Northern Kabuntalan and Datu Paglas.

    The OCD-ARMM also said there were at least 19,032 families or 95,160 individuals affected by the flood in 12 of 36 towns of Maguindanao province.

    Based on initial reports, the estimated worth of damaged crops has reached about P7 million within 900-hectare farmlands.

    Schools had to be closed temporarily, affecting more than eight thousand students in Maguindanao.

    About 25,000 individuals fled their homes in Sultan sa Barongis, which is located near at the Liguasan Marsh. The town was placed under a state of calamity on Monday.

    The Liguasan Marsh, considered as Asia’s largest marshland, is a catch basin of Mindanao River or Rio Grande de Mindanao that streams down to Moro Gulf.

    In Cotabato city, classes in public and private elementary schools were suspended on Thursday due to incessant rains.

    In Pikit, North Cotabato, six barangays were flooded, according to its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduc-tion and Management Office.

    In South Cotabato, the Koronadal City Council declared anew a state of calamity due to the impact of the flashfloods and landslides last June 24 that affected a number of farming and urban barangays.

    Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena said Friday they passed a resolution placing all 26 barangays in the city un-der the state of calamity based on a recommendation issued by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC). The city earlier declared a state of calamity but this was for the damage brought about by the dry spell, the effect of the El Niño.

    with PNA

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