Thursday, June 09, 2011

3 dead in Cotabato flash flood

Villages in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines are submerged in water after heavy rains overflowed rivers. (Mark Navales - Mindanao Examiner Photo)

COTABATO, Philippine (Mindanao Examiner / June 9, 2011) – Three children have drowned in a flash flood that hit the town of Pikit in North Cotabato province and affected also tens of thousands of people in neighboring Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines.

Heavy rains the past days flooded many areas in the two provinces after rivers overflowed. Officials reported flood as high as five feet in Maguindanao and that many rice and corn fields were destroyed.

“We have received reports that as many as 89,000 people were affected by the floods,” said Maguindanao Vice Governor Dustin Mastura.

He said the town mayors were ordered to assess the situation in their respective areas and to help those displaced by floods.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a low pressure area has developed into a tropical depression and named it "Dodong." (Mindanao Examiner)

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