1 dead as flash floods inundate parts of Mindanao

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Flashfloods brought by heavy, localized rains inundated parts of Mindanao, leaving at least one person dead and dozens of families in evacuation centers

MANILA, Philippines – Flash floods brought by heavy, localized rains have inundated parts of Mindanao, leaving at least one person dead and dozens of families displaced.

Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday, June 12, said Kidapawan City, Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat, and Glan in Saranggani experienced flash floods between Monday evening and Tuesday.

The first to report flash flooding were the barangays of Obial, Sta. Clara, Hinalaan and Himulan in Kalamansig, where flood waters started to rise at around 9 pm Monday.

Kidapawan’s Barangay Poblacion reported flooding in its area an hour later. An adult male drowned, while five families from the barangay were evacuated at a day care center, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which quoted NDRRMC head Benito Ramos.

On Tuesday morning, heavy rains caused flooding in Barangays Margus and Pangyan in Glan, starting at around 6:45 am, the NDRRMC said.

In Kalamansig, around 320 families were affected, the NDRRMC said, and out of these 23 were evacuated to higher ground.

The Office of Civil Defense in Region 12 is assisting the affected families, in cooperation with the Red Cross and the local government.

The area could see more rains due to a shallow low pressure area spotted 110 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City, the state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Tuesday. – Rappler.com