Hundreds evacuate as floods hit 13 villages in Shariff Aguak


SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao — Thirteen villages in this town were swamped by floods spawned by heavy rain Saturday night.

The flash floods also hit the town center when the Allah River flowed over and water level in the Liguasan marshland rose.

Hundreds of villagers evacuated to barangay centers and public schools, according to Shariff Aguak Mayor Zahara Upam-Ampatuan.

She said the local government unit has not fully attended the needs of displaced families because the municipal disaster office had ran out of funds.

Ampatuan has sought the help of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu and Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The displaced families had not fully recovered from floods that hit their villages in August.

Floods last month triggered by two low pressure areas in Mindanao displaced close to 250,000 persons in Maguindanao’s 20 municipalities.

Maguindanao declared a state of calamity in August because of the floods.

Among the damaged structures last month was the riprap project along Pulangi River near Tunggol Bridge in Datu Montawal.

Water hyacinths also clogged portions of the Rio Grande de Mindanao.

The floods hit 185 villages affecting 49,615 families in 20 towns, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.




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