• 5 Maguindanao villages under water due to torrential rains


    KIDAPAWAN CITY: Five low-lying villages of Montawal, Maguindanao were flooded due to the overflowing of Kabacan River in North Cotabato as a result of five days of continuous light to moderate downpour, officials said.

    Director Manuel Ochotorena of the Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM), said continuous rains flooded the five villages but no casualty was reported.

    Light to moderate rains occurred in most of Central Mindanao region as a result of a low pressure area sighted by the weather bureau in southern Mindanao.

    Ochotorena said the villages and the town of Datu Montawal sit beside the Liguasan marshland thus just a few hours of light to heavy downpour could lead to floods.

    The OCD is continuously monitoring the water level of Liguasan marshland which threatens at least 21 of Maguindanao’s 36 municipalities.

    The provincial social welfare office of Maguindanao had sent personnel to assess the situation in Montawal’s low lying villages.

    Village officials in barangays along the marshland are also closely monitoring the water level which is expected to rise due to rains that occurred in the mountains of North Cotabato, Bukidnon and Davao del Sur.

    The marshland in Maguindanao serves as catch basin of waters from the mountains of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, North Cotabato and Bukidnon.

    Last year, 25 towns in Maguindanao and another 11 towns in North Cotabato were submerged by flood waters brought about by low pressure areas affected southeastern Mindanao. PNA


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