10 provinces in Central Mindanao inundated by floods
Flash Floods, due to incessant rainfall caused the overflow of 11 rivers in Central Mindanao, namely Bulatukan River in Davao del Sur, Pulangui River in North Cotabato, Pagalungan River, Simuay River, Rio Grande de Mindanao, and Tunggol River all in Bukidnon, Paquibato River in Davao City, and Lasang River in Davao del Norte.
From May 5 to present, the rivers have overflowed four times, affecting most areas near the Liguasan Marsh.
A total of 135,921 families or 703,199 persons were already affected in 575 baranggays and 59 municipalities, 5 cities and 10 provinces since the floods, triggered by continuous rains and enhanced by the Low Pressure Area East of Mindanao started.
The most affected provinces and city are Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Cotabato City.
The unceasing blockade of almost 8 hectares water hyacinth in Rio Grande De Mindanao caused the water in the river to rise and submerge majority of barangays in Cotabato City and nearby municipalities. Residents were forced to leave and stay in evacuation centers.
The regional government has already declared a State of Calamity for the affected areas.
Relief assistance extended by the city/provincial government and other line agencies cannot suffice the immediate needs of evacuees due to prolonged inundation.
Appeal for Assistance
The affected families are in need of food and non-food items such as:
-Food (rice, dried fish, oil, sardines, beans, sugar, coffee, water, etc)
-Non-food (sleeping mats, blankets, plastic sheets, water containers, etc)
Kawagib (Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights)
Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI)
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
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