KABACAN, North Cotabato: About 10,000 individuals have been affected by flash floods in North Cotabato’s low lying villages Thursday, disaster officials said today.
Cynthia Ortega, North Cotabato provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC) chair, said thenumber of flood affected persons was an estimated figure since evaluation and assessment were still on going.
Two persons died at the height of the flash floods triggered by the overflowing of Kabacan river after an overnight moderate to heavy down pour in the mountains of North Cotabato.
Brando Amores, 14 of Barangay Bangilan, Kabacan, North Cotabato drowned while trying to rescue his ducks and chicken carried away by flood water.
Winnie Pajenado, 61 of Barnagay Makalangot, Arakan, North Cotabato was also drowned and died while trying to save the family owned carabao during the flash floods.
In Batac, Magpet, the flash floods washed away the house of couple Arlene and Arnold Gamboa while another house was cut in two after it was hit by boulders and debris.
In Kabacan, the villages of Poblacion, Dagupan, Katidtuan, Aringay, Bangilan, Kayaga,Salapungan, Pedtad, Buluan and other low lying areas near the Kabacan river were flooded, forcing North Cotabato provincial disaster officials to order forced evacuation.
Floods also hit the compound of the University of Southern Mindanao, including the university hospital starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Ortega said floods were also reported in Matalam, Magpet and President Roxas.
She said evaluation and assessment were still going on.
Gov. Emmylou Mendoza also directed all government agencies to help mitigate the impact of flash floods to the victims and the flooded communities. PNA