Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flash floods hit Davao City, 2 dozens dead and missing

Scenes from the devastations left by the flash floods that hit Davao City in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Karlos Manlupig) and troops led by Lieutenant Marianette Vinluan, commander ng 5th Communication and Information Company of the 10th CMO Battalion of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division also help in the rescue operations. (Mindanao Examiner)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 29, 2011) – More than a dozen people were killed in a flash flood that hit at least five villages in the southern Filipino city of Davao, officials said on Tuesday.

Officials said among those killed were at least 7 children swept away by rampaging floods since late Monday and over a dozen people were also reported missing after heavy rains submerged many areas in Davao. Waters in some areas were as high as 20 meters forcing residents to abandon their houses, and others climbed on trees and rooftops to avoid being swept away by flash floods.

Rescuers used rubber boats to pluck out villagers from trees and rooftops.

Sara Duterte, the mayor of Davao, said the river overflowed because of the heavy rains.

“This is not the first time that the river has overflowed but it is the first time that it overflowed in all 4 areas at medyo mataas yung tubig. It's more than 10 meters in some parts and in some, up to 20 meters. Completely submerged yung ibang lugar. Yung iba inabot ang second floor,” she told a television interview on Tuesday.

The military also deployed soldiers since Monday night to help in the rescue operations.

“Troops recovered a cadaver of a girl estimated to be around 8-10 years old while it was being carried away by the current of the Bangkal River,” said Army Major Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel, a spokeswoman for the 10th Infantry Division.

She said at least four villages - Matina, Pangi, Matina Crossing, Matina Aplaya and Talomo – were worst hit by the flash flood. In Talomo alone, more than 15,000 families were affected by the flood. (Mindanao Examiner)

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