COTABATO CITY: Disaster teams in Maguindanao have been placed on high alert as the water level of the Liguasan marshland has risen due to days of heavy to moderate downpour in the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.
Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said municipalities and villages surrounding the 220,000 hectare Liguasan marshland have been inundated forcing civilians to relocate.
The three provinces have been experiencing heavy downpour every afternoon for the past three days causing the Kabacan river and Alah river to overflow.
Water from these rivers end up in the Liguasan marshland before exiting to the Moro Gulf.
Mangudadatu directed the provincial disaster relief team to closely monitor the water level of the marsh to prevent unnecessary incidents like drowning in communities surrounding the marshland.
The Army’s 6th Infantry Division also sent out units to criss-cross the Rio Grande de Mindanao to gather data about the water level.
Mangudadatu coordinated with the military for the use of military watercrafts and vehicles in transporting villagers should the situation worsen.