‘Crising’ skirts Mindanao but rains cause floods

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CHRONIC FLOODS Rescuers help three families who were trapped in their homes by floods early Tuesday morning in Kabagayan village in Tarragona town in Davao Oriental. SHIONGE ANISLAG/Contributor

Tropical Depression “Crising” scraped Mindanao’s bottom as it headed toward southern Palawan Tuesday, but nonstop heavy rains since the day before caused rivers to swell and submerge many communities.

Hundreds of families all over Mindanao were moved to higher ground to escape neck-deep floodwaters in some areas.

Reports of casualties were not immediately available, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said two persons were injured in a landslide in Lanao del Norte province.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, weathermen spotted Crising at 80 kilometers southwest of General Santos City, with winds of 45-60 km per hour. It is expected to be 250 km west of Zamboanga City Wednesday afternoon and 500 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City Thursday afternoon.

Crising is expected to bring five to 15 millimeters of rainfall, which the NDRRMC described as “moderate to heavy,” within a 300 km diameter.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration hoisted Signal No. 1 over southern Palawan, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

30 canceled flights

Bad weather forced the cancellation of a total of 30 flights originating at airports in Manila and key cities in the Visayas and Mindanao.

These included 16 from Cebu Pacific, eight from Air Philippines Express, four from Philippine Airlines, and two from Zest Airways, said the Manila International Airport Authority, state operator of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

The flights were bound for or coming from the cities of Pagadian, Dipolog, Ozamiz, Cotabato, Surigao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao; and the cities of Cebu, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete in central Visayas.

Mary Ann Dimabayao, Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) public affairs manager, said three flights were diverted to Cebu—an Air Philippines flight from Manila to Ozamis City and Cebu Pacific flights from Manila to Cagayan de Oro and from Zamboanga to Cagayan de Oro.

Some boat trips from Cebu were also suspended because of big waves.

Landslide victims

In Sapad, Lanao del Norte, Maria Nacua, 20, and Dodong Nacua, 8, were hurt when a landslide swamped their house in Barangay (village) Malasalug, the NDRRMC said. They were taken to Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital.

In Baganga, Davao Oriental, residents of the low-lying village of Saoquegue were evacuated to high ground after the river overflowed. In some areas, floodwaters were neck-deep, Fr. Darwey Clark, parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baganga, said in a phone interview.

Some of the evacuees were taken to the barangay center, Clark said.

In Tarragona town, also in Davao Oriental, at least three families were rescued when their homes in Barangay Kabagayan were flooded after the Bagwan River overflowed.

In Davao del Sur, Roderick Milana, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said three villages in Sta. Maria town were flooded when a river dike collapsed due to rampaging floodwaters.

Noraflor Lague, municipal social welfare officer, said at least four low-lying barangays were flooded even before Crising came. According to Pagasa, Crising made landfall on the southern tip of Davao del Sur around 1 p.m., but residents said they only experienced light to moderate rains.

Nearby General Santos City also did not experience strong winds and heavy rains Tuesday afternoon.

Forced evacuation

In Caraga town, the river also swelled, making a bridge impassable, Clark said.

At least 40 families were displaced In Sapad town in Lanao del Norte when the river overflowed, said Annabel Mendez, provincial social welfare officer.

Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy ordered the preemptive evacuation of hundreds of families in Compostela and New Bataan towns as the province braced for yet another storm after last December’s devastating Typhoon “Pablo.”

Raul Villocino, provincial disaster officer, said local disaster teams were put on standby while rubber boats and other rescue equipment were dispatched to Compostela town in the event of another flooding.

In nearby New Bataan, families were again forced to flee to safe grounds.

Classes in the elementary level were suspended in many areas of the province, according to officials.

In Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte called off classes in preschools up to high schools, and left it to school authorities and employers to decide whether to suspend classes in colleges and postgraduate levels.

Communities along the Davao River were placed on alert as the river continued to swell.—Reports from Nico Alconaba, Germelina Lacorte, Frinston L. Lim, Richel V. Umel and Orlando Dinoy, Inquirer Mindanao; Nikko Dizon and Jerome Aning in Manila; and Jhunnex Napallacan, Inquirer Visayas

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  • Islander

    The climate has changed.  It is staring at us in the face. Where before Mindanao is not in the typhoon path, it is now the preferred path of typhoons. 

    We should try to think of ways how to prevent more negative changes to the climate.

  • boybakal

    Kung kailan may bagyo, baha, saka naman sumusulong sa baha may kasama pang bata.
    Inilalagay ang buhay sa peligro.

  • Linme

    mga kalamidad na kagagawan din ng mga tao. Masyadong naabuso ang kalikasan diyan sa Mindanao. Kulang na kulang na ang proteksyon ng mga puno sa kagubatan. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CS7NOKARR7NUQTQR2I2JDROHHI bong

    It does not surprise anymore to hear of floods in every part of our country. It maybe a different location.but the story is the same.

    Many politicians from Davao made a lot of money from exporting logs to Japan from the 1950’s until the province was denuded. In the late 1990’s, a former government official from that province passed away..A newspaper reported that he left a fortune around P150 million pesos which he made from logging. I remember asking myself how much he destroyed for such a paltry sum. Indeed it is such a paltry sum compared to the death and destruction that “Crising” has left in her wake.

    The father of another government official also made a lot of money from logging in the province of Quezon. Now fast forward to Real in the same province.

    Today we are witnesses to the disastrous effects of the sins of these people from the past.  It is not bad to make a lot of money but for as long as this does not result in poverty and tragedy as our country is now experiencing every year.

    I hope the government realizes what it is in store in the future because worse in store as the powerful mining industry is being accommodated for more paltry sums. I hope future generations will still have a Palawan to enjoy.

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

    with typhoons now affecting once-safe places like Mindanao, why’s the government allowing the Swiss mining giant Xtrata/SMI to do open pit mining in Tampakan..?..this change of heart by government is so disgusting…

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