Thursday, December 09, 2010

Dipolog villages underwater

At least 13 of 21 villages in the southern Filipino city of Dipolog is under water. (Photos by Joel Ello)

DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 9, 2010) – Days of continuous rains have submerged many villages in the southern Filipino city of Dipolog, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties.

Flash floods were reported in several areas and photos made available by journalists on the social networking site showed the devastation brought about by the rains.

Villagers were seen using fabricated raft so they can cross flooded areas. Many farm animals were also evacuated to safer areas after flash floods threatened villages in low-lying communities after the Miputak Creek overflowed.

Flood water in some villages was as high as four feet. One Catholic chapel was submerged in water in the village of San Roque. Thousands of people were affected by the flooding which according to authorities has submerged at least a dozen of 21 of the city’s villages since early this week. (Mindanao Examiner)

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