Wednesday, July 29, 2009

North Cotabato villages under water

Submerged villages of North Cotabato province in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Geo Solmerano)

NORTH COTABATO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 29, 2009) – Flash floods brought about by heavy rains since last week have submerged many areas in North Cotabato province in Mindanao.

More than 2,000 families were affected by the flooding in the towns of Pigcawayan, Libungan and Midsayap. Roads were impassable and rice paddies destroyed by rampaging flood water, although there had been no reports of casualties.

Weather experts said southwest monsoon are affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on Wednesday said Southern Luzon and Visayas and Mindanao will continue to have rain showers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over the western sections of those areas which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

It also warned fishing boats and small sea crafts not to sail out because of huge waves and strong winds. (Geo Solmerano)

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