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North Cotabato floods submerge 100 homes in Midsayap

Climate Change/Environment • 10:15 AM Mon Aug 24, 2020
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Edwin O. Fernandez
A Moro farmer wonders how much money he needs to put gravel in front of his home in the village of Kadigasan, Midsayap, North Cotabato following flash floods that submerged at least 100 homes. (Photo by Village Chairperson Norodin Mohammad)  

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato – A day-long heavy downpour Saturday triggered flash floods in North Cotabato as major riber tributaries have overflowed.

In Barangay Kadigasan here, residents were "lockdown" inside their homes as the water leverl along waterways and canals rose to as high as waist level. 

Barangay Kadigasan chairperson Norodin Mohammad while huge part of the village have been underwater for more than six hours, no resident have fled to safer grounds since the water subsided later in the day on Saturday.

Mohammad said the village is prone to flashfloods when the Kabacan River and Rio Grande de Mindanao overflow after hours of heavy downpour upstream.

No one was hurt.

Mohammad sought help from the municipal government of Midsayap since the village calamity fund had been used in programs to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in ther village.

“We hope to have flood control dikes to save residential areas every time there’s heavy rain,” Mohammad said in a radio interview. "Flooding is a perennial problem in this village," he added.

Personnel from the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Council Municipal Agriculture Office are in the village conducting evaluation and assessment on the damages to agriculture. 

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