Davao del Norte floodings to continue

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THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Wednesday said floodings in Davao del Norte may persist, depending on the localized thunderstorms that seem to be present in the Mindanao area despite the dry season.

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Pagasa forecaster Manny Mendoza said the continuous extreme heat in the morning in some areas translates to heavy rains in the afternoon.

Flash floods over the weekend have affected more than a thousand families in Carmen, Davao del Norte.

“Sa bahagi po kasi ng Mindanao madalas may nabubuo na mga localized thunderstorms, doon bumubuhos ang malakas na ulan,” Mendoza explained.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the floods occurred following torrential rain that lasted four hours.

The NDRRMC said the affected residents were brought to the Pilot Central Elementary School.

City disaster management teams conducted the rescue operations while the disaster management teams from Davao del Norte, Panabo and Kapalong augmented the evacuation and rescue operations.

Social welfare teams distributed food packs to the evacuees.

The NDRRMC said the floods affected nine villages in Tagum City, including Magugpo Pob–lacion, Magugpo West, Magugpo South, Magugpo East, Magugpo North, Mankilam, San Miguel, Apokon, and Visayan.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said the low-pressure area that is expected to make landfall in Samar on Thursday may dissipate.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said heavy rains in some parts of Metro Manila are isolated cases due to the extreme heat that the National Capital Region has been experiencing.

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