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Floods, landslides in Region XI displace 10,000 people: RDRRMC

MORE THAN 2,000 families were displaced by the recent flash floods and landslides in different provinces in the region after a series of heavy rains.

On Sunday, Franz Irag, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Office (RDRRMC) XI spokesperson, said a total of 2,488 families or 10,001 individuals were affected. Of the total, 51 families or 253 persons sought shelter inside three evacuation centers.

Irag said five barangays were affected by flash floods and landslides—two in Davao del Norte, one in Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental, and two in Davao del Sur.

On Sept. 22, at around 4 a.m., mudslides and floods occurred in Barangays Buan, Camansa, Sonlon, Cambanogoy, Cabaywa and Santa Felomina, Asuncion, Davao del Norte.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, residents of Astorga, Coronon, and Zone 1, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, also had to seek high ground to escape the rising waters.

On Sept. 17, at around 5 a.m. and 4:38 p.m., residents of Barangay Don Mariano Marcos, Lupon, Davao Oriental, and barangays Cambanogoy and Santa Felomina, Asuncion, Davao del Norte were forced to leave their homes for their safety.

Also, three houses were reported damaged in Davao Occidental.

For now, the regional disaster office already distributed family food packs and family kits to the affected barangays in the region.

Iraq said Davao City experienced a two-hour downpour starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22. This was the result of the prevailing Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Fortunately, they saw no need to enforce pre-evacuation since the major rivers did not rise to dangerous levels.

However, they closely monitored street floodings on the National Highway, Laverna Hills, Damosa, Sasa area, and some parts of Poblacion.


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