Davao floods displace 30000 people

Subscribe Now November 10, 2011 at 04:54pm

About 30,000 people fled from their houses after floods submerged several towns in Davao del Norte, officials said today. Hours of torrential rain Tuesday night burst the banks of Lasang river in the area, inundating rice paddies and banana plantations in Carmen and Dujali, according to Sonio Sanchez, provincial disaster risk reduction and management division chief.

Floodwaters as high as nine feet swamped 16 villages in Carmen town, forcing some 5, 980 families to flee, Octavio Valle, the town administrator, he added.

"We were surprised by the severity of the other night's flood which was rare in the past six years," Valle said, adding the rice- producing town of some 60,000 people is a perennial flood-plain town along the Davao-Agusan highway.

He said floodwaters have been subisiding but several villages are still under water and some 100 families stay in the town gymnasium converted into an evacuation center.

The flood also affected 390 families in Dujali town, another farming town to the east, and more than 440 hectares of farm land was still submerged by floodwaters, said Sanchez.

Source: philstar.com



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