Flash floods hit Maguindanao upland town,

Climate Change/Environment • Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:56 AM  •  107   0
By Toto Platon
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Photos courtesy of NUP Dhon Ventura Ramirez Suenan, Sir Rex Pablo, Sir Toto Platon)
Photos courtesy of NUP Dhon Ventura Ramirez Suenan, Sir Rex Pablo, Sir Toto Platon)
UPI, Maguindanao – Anticipating possible calamity that could claim lives, the local government here reacted just in time to save lives and properties after floods hit upland villages Tuesday, disaster officials said.  

Heavy downpour at about 11 a.m. brought about by inter-tropical convergence zone affecting Mindanao triggered flash floods, soil erosion and small landslides in the villages of Nangi, Borongotan, Blensong, Nuro, Darugao, Rempes, Kaba-kaba and other barangays.   
 

Upi Mayor Ramon Piang, chair of the municipal disaster risk reduction and management council (MDRRMC) and Jonas Minted, MDRRM officer, quickly mobilized all available manpower and resources to prevent destruction and save lives.  

“No casualties have been monitored and recorded.  We have 15 families evacuees composed of about 47 individuals from Purok 11, Barangay Nuro Poblacion, now at municipal gymnasium,” Minted said.


“They have been accounted by the MSWD and served by the BDRRMC of Nuro on their immediate needs like food and water,” he added.  

The Upi MDRRMC has directed all barangays officials to monitor and be alert especially in the flood-prone and landslide-prone areas.  

Minted also advised residents, especially those families living near the flood prone and landslide prone areas to leave and go to the nearest barangay evacuation centers. They were also advised to stay in their relatives’ homes in safer locations to avoid accidents. 
 

Damages to crops were reported but the town agriculture office is still assessing the cost damages.  

“Close monitoring continues,” Minted said.
The working Upi MDRRMC 

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