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30,000 affected by floods in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat - NDRRMC

Floods in Cotabato City, 28 July 2013. FILE PHOTO BY DENNIS ARCON

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COTABATO CITY -- Some 30,000 people have been affected by floods in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

In Cotabato City, incessant rains over the past three days caused by a low-pressure area in Mindanao have submerged 25 of its 37 villages.

The floods forced the city government to suspend classes for elementary both public and private schools.

Aniceto Rasalan, executive assistant to Mayor Japal Guiani, said flood water rose up to knee level when the Rio Grande de Mindanao swelled Saturday.

Some residents in low-lying barangays have evacuated to higher grounds while many residents preferred to stay home to safeguard their valuables.

Heavy rains also flooded areas around the Liguasan marshland, including 14 low-lying towns in Maguindanao and seven towns in North Cotabato.

Among the heavily affected towns were Northern Kabuntalan, Kabuntalan Mother, and Sultan Kudarat, both situated near the heavily silted mouth of Rio Grande de Mindanao.

Almost all villages of Sultan Kudarat have been underwater, according to Mayor Datu Shameem Mastura.

She said this is the problem of Sultan Kudarat because it sits beside the Rio Grande de Mindanao where dredging was ongoing.

She appealed to the national and regional government to look into the problem which had been hounding the town the past 10 years.

 

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