Flash floods hit Kidapawan City, affect 270 families

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: An hour long heavy downpour triggered flash floods in at least eight villages here Thursday night, affecting about 270 families, a disaster official Friday said.

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“No casualty was reported, we are attending to the needs of the affected families,” Psalmer Bernalte, chief of Kidapawan City disaster risk reduction and management council (CDRRMC) said.

“The Nuangan river overflowed and inundated all the villages on its path,” Bernalte said of the river that emanates from the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo.

According to Bernalte, the rainfall was unusual that the city Call 911, Kidapawan City’s emergency response unit, recorded a 40 mm per hour rainfall beginning at 8 p.m.

“It was already categorized as dangerous,” Bernalte said of the amount of rain at 8 p.m. last night.

“The flash floods was so quick that it caught people unprepared, good that nobody was hurt,” Raul Gratuito, a local disc jockey, said.

Bernalte said when water level at Nuangan river and the creeks connected to it started to rise, Call 911 was rained with phone calls and calls for help.

“We responded accordingly,” he said.

The disaster official said most of the displaced families who spent the night at the city gymnasium have returned home Friday morning.

He said the city LGU has put up a community kitchen in affected villages since most of the victims had damaged kitchen area with their utensils gone.

The city social welfare office is preparing relief distribution Friday morning. PNA

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