• 3 killed, 800 others displaced by floods

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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Three people were confirmed killed while around 800 others were displaced as flashfloods and landslides hit parts of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces early Wednesday.

    Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices reported that the floods and landslides occurred following the almost non-stop heavy to moderate rains that started on Tuesday evening.

    In South Cotabato, severe flooding was reported in the municipalities of Banga, Norala, Tantangan, Tupi and Koronadal City due to the swelling of several rivers and tributaries while landslides were also reported in Barangays Bunao and Lunen in Tupi.

    Ira Aguinaldo, of the Tupi Municipal Disaster Risk and Management Office (MDRRMO), said three casualties were reported in the landslide that hit a portion of Purok Tinago, Sitio Akmaon in Barangay Bunao.

    “Our search and rescue team is currently in the area to retrieve the bodies of the casualties and assess the situation there,” she told PNA in a phone interview.

    In Banga town, the MDRRMO reported that some 280 families comprising 600 individuals have evacuated due to the flashfloods that affected eight barangays in the area.

    Three major bridges in Koronadal City sustained some damages due to a series of flashfloods along the Marbel River.

    In Sultan Kudarat, around 200 individuals have also evacuated in Barangay Rajah Muda in Tacurong City due to flashfloods along a major river in the area.

    Allan Freno, Tacurong City information officer, said residents of three puroks in the area were forced to leave their homes due to the swelling of a river tributary traversing the village early Wednesday.

    He said the local government mobilized personnel from the City DRRM Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office and the city police to assist in the relief operations.

    PNA

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