Floods, evacuations as Dindo batters PH
MANILA, Philippines – The province of La Union has been badly hit by tropical storm “Dindo”, with the municipalities of Aringay and Agoo experiencing massive floods.
In Aringay, the flood is still rising and the local government has already started evacuating residents.
The flood in Agoo, however, is slowly receding.
National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council Executive Director Benito Ramos said there are no casualties and damage to properties so far, but they are still continually monitoring the situation.
There are also no reports of landslides.
All highways are passable except for the Magapit Bridge at the Municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan Valley since it is undergoing repair.
The road at Sabangan municipality in Mt. Province is also closed for repairs.
NDRRMC is more worried about the situation in Maguindanao and Bukidnon because of the rains bought about by the southwest monsoon.
More than 200 families were evacuated in Malaybalay and Valencia, Bukidnon because of flashfloods.
The agency is also closely monitoring floods in Southern Bukidnon. Rains flow directly towards the Ligwasan Marsh, and this might cause flooding in 17 municipalities in Maguindanao.
Over at Northern Bukidnon, heavy rains might also cause the overflow of the Ipunan and Cagayan de Oro rivers.
The NDRRMC noted that the residents had learned their lesson from the tragedy brought about by typhoon Sendong late last year.
Local governments and the Philippine Army have already asked residents to evacuate communities near the rivers. – from a report by Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News