Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:14
COTABATO CITY – Flashfloods brought by inclement weather the past several days flooded at least 22 villages in three low-lying towns in Maguindanao.
Office of Civil Defense-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Director Loreto Rirao said latest reports reaching him noted some 10 villages in Sultan Kudarat town are submerged in knee-deep waters with 5,500 families affected.
“Concerned government line agencies are now in the field to attend to the affected families though there were no reported evacuation,” he said.
In Datu Montawal town, three villages, namely those of Bulod, Talitay and Dungguan, were also flooded after the Pagalungan River overflowed.
No evacuation, however, were reported as damages to agricultural crops are yet to be ascertained, Rirao said.
In Northern Kabuntalan municipality, the OCD-ARMM reported that seven villages near the 22,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh and two other lowland communities along the Cotabato-Isulan national highway were immersed to knee-deep waters.
Rirao said the villagers preferred to stay home but were advised to depart from their respective places once the flooding rises to an alarming level.
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