• More than 30,000 families affected by floods in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Cotabato City

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    More than 50 percent of this city’s 37 villages have been submerged by flood water due to incessant rains the past three days in mainland Mindanao brought about by a low pressure area.

    Aniceto Rasalan, executive assistant to Mayor Japal Guiani, said about 25 of 37 villages in the city have been affected by flood water that rose up to knee level when the Rio Grande de Mindanao swelled Saturday.

    Residents in low lying barangays have evacuated to higher grounds while many residents prefer to stay home to safeguard their valuables.

    The floods forced the local government to suspend classes for elementary both public and private schools in the city.

    Heavy rains also flooded 14 low-lying towns in Maguindanao and seven towns in North Cotabato which are located around the Liguasan marshland.

    Among the heavily affected towns were Northern Kabuntalan, Kabuntalan Mother, and Sultan Kudarat, both situated near the heavily silted mouth of Rio Grande de Mindanao.

    Almost all villages of Sultan Kudarat have been underwater, according to Mayor Datu Shameem Mastura.

    She said this is the problem of Sultan Kudarat because it sits beside the Rio Grande de Mindanao where dredging was on going.

    She appealed to the national and regional government to look into the problem which had been hounding the town the past 10 years.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that almost 30,000 persons have been affected by floods in North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. PNA

     

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