Flash flood swamps 2 towns in Davao del Norte

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TAGUM CITY, Philippines—One person was killed while trying to help neighbors as hundreds of terrified villagers fled to safer ground as flash flood swamped two towns in Davao del Norte  early Thursday, officials said.

Rampaging waters mixed with mud cascaded from the province’s upper hinterlands down to several communities in Talaingod and Kapalong municipalities, washing away houses and sending residents packing to evacuation centers, said Sonio Sanchez, Davao del Norte disaster officer.

The flooding came even as the province has yet to recover from a similar disaster early in the week and many evacuees had just started returning home.

Sanchez told the Inquirer by phone that the fatality drowned while attempting to rescue trapped villagers in a banana packing plant in Barangay Sampao in Kapalong town past 1 a.m. Thursday.

The floods were triggered by incessant rains spawned by tropical depression “Crising” since Wednesday night.

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  • catmanjohn

    The saddest part is that the government and the People seem to show little care for the immense suffering the People of this area are going through. Media cover of their plight has been very poor, even the death of LoLong gets more media coverage, the people are still without electricity, and what is happening to the thousands who have lost their homes and livelihood? Where is our empathy and compassion? Where is Archbishop Tagle who claims to want to be closer to the poor? My God,, give them strength, for only if I could.

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