Wednesday, February 23, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 23, 2011) – More than 160 people were evacuated to safer areas after flash floods hit the southern Filipino city of Dipolog, but there had been no reports of casualties.
Most of those affected by the flood were brought to temporary shelters. At least three houses were destroyed by the rampaging waters and that crops and livestock had been affected by the flood.
Government media reported that at least 167 people were evacuated to the municipal complex in Zamboanga del Norte province. Heavy rains the past days have flooded some villages in Dipolog City.
Thousands of families were also left homeless earlier this month after flash floods triggered by continuous rains hit many provinces in the southern Philippines and killed and injured dozens of villagers.
In Sulu province, eight people had been killed by flash flood and submerged the capital town of Jolo. President Benigno Aquino visited Sulu on February 11 and distributed relief goods together with local officials headed by Governor Sakur Tan and Mayor Hussin Amin to thousands of villagers in the town. (Mindanao Examiner)