ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Five houses were washed away while two others were partially destroyed when floods hit Barangay Curuan, Zamboanga City Saturday afternoon, leading 776 people to temporarily evacuate.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the flash flood occurred around 2 p.m. due to the overflowing of Curuan River caused by continuous downpour of rain.
There were seven sitios affected: Curuan Proper, Sitio Presa, Sitio Mina, Inner Presa, Sito Camias, Poblacion Urban Poor and Sitio Basagan.
While there were no casualties reported, 194 families were affected and had to move to higher ground.
City Social Welfare Officer Kit Barredo said that as of Saturday evening, the local government unit had extended immediate assistance to the 776 individuals who were affected by flooding.
Noel Perez, the barangay chairman of Curuan, said the houses that were washed away were situated near the river banks.
While there were no reports of casualties, Perez said they remain vigilant as flooding remains possible due to strong rains.
Perez said the waters may have gone down to the populated areas near the highway after rain water caused rivers to swell.
After an ocular inspection conducted by some Zamboanga City officials, it was revealed that hectares of rice fields and other crops may have been destroyed due to the flood.
The local government is still assessing the total number of hectares affected by flooding.
Meanwhile, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat called rescue teams to bring in equipment such as rubber boats and assigned them to a temporary station in Curuan in case the flooding continues.
The water started receding around 4:00 pm.