Flooding hits downtown Davao

Karlos Manlupig
Hundreds of commuters were stranded as flooding hit downtown Davao City after a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening, February 6

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of commuters were stranded as flooding hit downtown Davao City after a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening, February 6.

Major streets were transformed into rivers and the houses in the commercial area of Davao were swamped in waist-deep floodwater.

Residents said that floodwaters started to surge around 10 in the evening after an hour of heavy shower.

DAVAO FLOODING. A vehicle navigates through the floodwaters

Joy Brittany Libre, a young professional working on a nightshift in a BPO firm, said that she had to wade in the floodwater just to get to her work.

“I have no other choice but to wade in the floodwater while controlling my tears.” Libre said. Opting to brave the flood instead of being stranded for hours, she used the road’s center island as a makeshift bridge to navigate through the flooded streets.

Her officemates were not as lucky.

“My co-worker was stranded in one of the major streets in the city for more than four hours. One also sustained a wound in the foot while wading through the flood,” Libre said.

Many of the stranded passengers were workers from the shopping malls and commercial establishments in the area.

NOT FUN IN DAVAO. A resident wades through flooded streets
Residents living near the major streets immediately helped and rescued the drivers stuck in the water.

“It’s more fun in Davao,” a man shouted while pushing a taxi.

Residents were also swift in posting photos and updates of the flooding in social networking sites. Some also posted their criticisms and comments on Facebook.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Davao City said that the heavy downpour was caused by the tail end of the cold front. Heavy clouds and thunderstorms are expected in the Davao region as an effect of the Northeast Monsoon until the later part of March.

The last deadly flood that hit Davao on June 2011 left more than 25 people dead. – Rappler.com

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