MORE than 700 families or about 4,000 people have forced to flee their homes following landslides and floods brought about by continuous heavy rains that hit several villages in the town of Kibawe, Bukidnon, a government disaster report said over the weekend.
Reports released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Man–agement Council (Ndrrmc) said 762 families or 4,071 people were affected by heavy rains but no casualties have been recorded so far.
Most of those affected by landslides and floods were owners of rice farmlands. The damage to agriculture was placed at about P1.093 million and to infrastructure was placed at P1.247 million.
Thirteen villages in Kibawe, Bukidnon were the most affected by floods and landslides and roads leading to the villages of Sam–paguita, Kiwasa and Magsaysay were rendered impassable, the Ndrrmc reports said.
About 282 families or 1,331 people in the village of Sam–paguita; 234 families or 1,230 individuals in Magsaysay; and 174 families or 850 persons in Kiwasa had to be evacuated, the Ndrrmc reported.
Some 79 families or 300 people in the village of Kiarao; 59 families or 295 persons in Brgy. Panimula; and seven families or 35 persons in Brgy. Sanipon had to flee, the Ndrrmc said.
The reports added that six houses were either partially damaged or destroyed. The reports added that the Sangu–niang Bayan of Kibawe has issued a resolution declaring a state of calamity.
Provincial and local disaster officials are continuously moni–toring the present situation in the said municipality.