Floods affect 72,000; Maguindanao in state of calamity

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – At least 72,450 persons or 14,490 families were affected by days-long flooding in Maguindanao, prompting local authorities to place a third of the towns under state of calamity Sunday, June 22.

The state of calamity, according to authorities, was declared to hasten and prioritize the humanitarian response in the 13 affected municipalities. The flooding was caused by heavy rains that started on June 13.

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) said the affected areas were:

As of Monday, June 23, a total of 14,490 families (72,450 persons) across 91 barangays had been affected by the flooding, according to an update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported (NDRRMC).

Bridges and roads remain passable, electricity and water supply are normal, and domestic flights are not cancelled, according to NDRRMC.

Classes, however, are suspended in all levels in the following schools:

About 200 hectares of rice and corn fields with an estimated value of P805,000 ($18,356)* were damaged.

The ARMM government has deployed responders to attend to the needs of the affected residents. The regional DRRMC is conducting medical missions and relief distribution. – with a report from Karlos Manlupig/Rappler.com

*US$1 = P43.85