Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flash flood trapped Maguindanao villagers

Thousands of residents evacuate and commuters stranded from their flooded villages in the town of Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao province in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales).

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 1, 2010) – Flash floods have trapped villagers in many areas in Maguindanao province and nearby areas after heavy rains flooded rivers the past days.

Hundreds of families, mostly farmers, were trapped in the province and so were villagers in nearby Cotabato City. Many roads in Cotabato City were underwater.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths, but the floods damaged crop lands in the province.

Last week, thousands of people were also trapped in Sultan Kudarat town after flood waters submerged many villages. Rivers also overflowed and submerged low-lying areas in the town.

There was no immediate statement from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Muslim autonomous region to where the province belongs.

It was also unknown whether the regional governor Ansaruddin Adiong ordered food packs and social workers to look into the plight of those affected by the rampaging flood water in Maguindanao.
(Mindanao Examiner)

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