COTABATO CITY — More than 3,000 residents in Maguindanao were displaced by floods spawned by a day-long light to moderate rain brought about by the low pressure area affecting Mindanao, disaster officials said Thursday.
Myrna Henry, speaking for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – Humanitarian Emergency Response Action Team (ARMM – HEART), said at least 25 villages in six low-lying municipalities have been underwater since Tuesday night.
The most affected villages were Solon, Kirkir, and Tariken, all in Sultan Mastura situated beside a downstream of Rio Grande de Mindanao and Simuay River.
“At one point, water level in these villages reached as high as 6 feet,” Henry told reporters.
She said 34 families in Solon and Tariken were trapped as the Simuay River overflowed when the flood control dike has collapsed.
Rescue workers facilitated the evacuation of the 34 families using limited resources.
About 497 families of 2,370 individuals were affected in Sultan Mastura.
Also flooded, affecting at least 700 persons, were the towns of Pagalungan (6 villages), Datu Montawal (9), Shariff Saydona Mustapha (3), Datu Salibo (2) and Datu Piang (3).
“These are perennial flood prone communities,” Henry said.
The displaced families in Sultan Mastura opted to stay with relatives’ homes with their valuables.
Classes were suspended affecting more than 1,000 pupils in two village public schools. (PNA) JMC/NYP/EOF