Nonstop rain floods Davao, other areas

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DAVAO CITY—More than 5,000 families, or 25,000 individuals, have been affected by the flooding that hit riverside villages here following nonstop rains since Saturday night.

The city government has called off classes from kindergarten to high school in both public and private schools today as the city continues to assess the extent of the damage from one of the worst floodings the city has experienced in past years.

Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of the Davao City Disaster Risk and Management Council (DCDRMC), said local officials had issued warnings as early 9  p.m. on Saturday after the Tamugan River, one of the main tributaries of the Davao River, overflowed its banks.

As a result, at least 12 barangays lining the Davao River were flooded.

Jaldon said some residents refused to evacuate, resulting in their being trapped in their homes.

“The problem is their coping threshold. Most of them had already experienced the worst floods so they don’t just evacuate until the waters reach critical level,” he said.

Jaldon said the rains continued to pour in the upland areas of Davao City, and as of 2:30 p.m. yesterday the floods continued to rise.

Dante Donayre, DCDRMC operations chief, said that despite the disaster preparedness training local leaders had undergone in the past, this was not replicated at the community level thus barangay officials failed to pass the lessons to the communities.

Malou Bermudo, chief of the City Social Services and Development Office, said 5,165 families from 12 city barangays affected by the floods were now in evacuation centers.

In Compostela Valley, 178 families left their homes, even as authorities forced some residents to evacuation centers as water levels in major rivers continued to rise, according to Raul Villocino, provincial disaster officer.

In neighboring Davao del Norte province, over 800 people were evacuated overnight as floodwaters swamped the rice-producing municipalities of Kapalong, Sto. Tomas, Braulio Dujali and Asuncion, said Romulo Tagalo, Davao del Norte assistant administrator.

Those evacuated, according to Villocino, included 129 families from the villages of Andap, Cogonon and Cabinuangan in New Bataan, the town which suffered the biggest number of casualties in last December’s killer storm. Germelina Lacorte, Dennis Jay Santos, Karlos Manlupig, Ayan C. Mellejor and Frinston L. Lim, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LZYODZASEXRINLJNIG2GR6SKSM Rommie

    The Philippines is now reaping the grim consequences of environmental degradation caused by logging, mining and land use conversion. With the accelerating effects of climate change and extreme climate variability due to global warming, Filipinos should be prepared for more frequent, more severe natural disasters…If only the government and the people have taken seriously a nationwide reforestation program then the country’s forest cover could have been increased. Very sad, only 7% forest cover remains, and still shrinking due to both legal and illegal logging!!!

    • vilmavee

      Remember, Enrile has a hand into this.  During his heydays, he would use the Philippine Arm Forces’ helicopters to haul huge logs illegally harvested to his lumberyard for export to Japan.  He is very much responsible in denuding our forests and up until now, no one has put this dirty thief to trial to face all his criminal acts.  He should be made to answer for every life he has made to suffer because of his greed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

         

         

        Yeah, Enrile and the rest of the
        Marcos cronies had a great time ripping off Mindanao’s natural forests in the
        70’s…the old guy in the senate should be blamed for all this…….!!!!!!!!!

         

  • wakats

    CNN weather today shows a big chunk of dark rain-bearing clouds about to kiss the approach to the Southern tip of Davao City and another bigger group also approaching the area in a close distance.

    The largest city in the world is in grave danger and needs help 

    • ARIKUTIK

      Davao City of Duterte don’t need anything from outsiders. Pampa gulo lang kayo !

  • Your_King

    Let’s see how the disaster response team responds. And isn’t Aquino in Davao? It would be nice for him to visit these victims and may be even do something to help them but then again these people are more than likely the less fortunate kind and plus Aquino has more important matters to attend to like campaigning for his candidates for the upcoming elections…so may be no time for these victims.

  • Lumad01

    Go Go Go mining and Go Go Go logging dapat mag approve pa ang DENR permits so that we will be benefite from industries.

  • catmanjohn

    It was very disappointing to see President Aquino’s 147P billion infrastructure improvement budget be spent mostly on highway projects, mostly in Luzon, which further exacerbates the use of fossil fuels, but pays little attention to massive solar energy projects which could be used in conjuction to improve the water and  sewer management, throughout the Philippines. The Nation is staring right into the glaring problems of the future as this article proves, yet the government appears to be squandering a crucial opportunity to get this right. Water and sewer management is crucial for the Health of the People and Nation, and no amount of highways or tall buildings will mean a thing if the basic foundation of a society, the access to clean water, the management of waste and water, is decrepit and dysfunctional. Once again, the government’s priorities are skewed and unimaginative, and the penalty of future doom inevitably awaits the People.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

       

      Billions for two
      expressways?…what a waste, and the people who will be passing through these
      expressways are gonna pay large sums for using them too….ho-hum…

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