• Torrential rains trigger floods in Maguindanao, North Cotabato

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    PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato: An irrigation canal overflowed here Sunday due to torrential rains triggered by the intertropical convergence zone that flooded portions of the Cotabato-Davao highway.

    The floods force public works officials to shut down portions of the highway in Barangay Buluan, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, according to municipal engineer Engr. Elmer Aclaracion.

    “Due to heavy downpour in upper Barangay Buluan area that led to the collapse of a large irrigation canal and the Buluan creek overflowed,” Aclaracion said.

    Aclaracioin said the water from the villages of Gimareg, Tigbawan flowed to Anik river which overflowed Sunday morning.

    As early as 6 a.m., the highway was flooded with knee-deep floodwater. Four-wheeled vehicles had to be towed by heavy equipment to cross rampaging waters.

    The floods also inundated more than 10,000 hectares of rice fields in at least seven villages of Pigcawayan.

    Aclaracion identified the seven flooded as Barangay Banukagon, Bulakawon, Pugon, Poblacion 2, Buluan and North and South Manuangan.

    The flooding also forced about 30 families to flee to safer grounds and are being attended to by the municipal social welfare office.

    Aclaracion said the highway had been opened to traffic Monday morning after the flood water slightly receded.

    Meanwhile, five low-lying municipalities of Maguindanao were flooded Sunday following an overnight heavy to moderate downpour Saturday.

    Still under water were low-lying barangays of the municipalities of Mother and Northern Kabuntalan, Talitay, Sultan sa Barongis and SK Pendatun, all towns surrounding the 22,000-hectare Liguasan marshland. PNA

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