• Heavy downpour inundates 15 villages in N. Cotabato

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    COTABATO CITY: Heavy downpour for two nights over the weekend in North Cotabato flooded about 15 villages in Kabacan, Makilala and Pigcawayan towns, officials said.

    In Kabacan, the villages of Kayaga, Dagupan, Kuyapon, Pataan, Katidtuan and Pedtad were submerged to about knee deep while the villages of Buluan, Manuangan and portions of the Cotabato-Davao highway in Pigcawayan were also inundated.

    Rex Saure, Kabacan municipal risk reduction and management council chair, said in a radio interview that assessment was still on going and no casualty was reported.

    In Maguindanao, the low lying areas of Pagalungan and Pagagawan were also under water. These areas are easily flooded when the Kabacan river overflows due to heavy downpour upstream, especially beside the country’s highest peak—Mt. Apo.

    North Cotabato had been experiencing moderate to heavy downpour every afternoon towards the evening.

    Five villages in Makilala, North Cotabato were also flooded on Friday night, the municipal disaster risk reduction and management council reported.

    A 52-year-old farmer identified as Wilson Abinsay died after drowning from flashfloods.

    The flooded villages were Sta. Felomina, Bulakanon, Luna Sur, Luna Norte and Luayon.

    Two families were displaced in Purok Pag-asa, Barangay Bulakanon.

    The MDRRMC reported that 40 coconut trees, 100 cacao trees, 30 coffee excalsa, two durian trees and were uprooted, 40 banana cardava were uprooted by rampaging waters.

    PNA

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