Floods starting to subside in Zamboanga
MANILA -- Floods have already started to subside in Zamboanga City as the weather continued to improve.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman said evacuees are beginning to return to the city's sports complex which was earlier flooded.
"Tuloy-tuloy ang pagsasagawa ng tent, yung mga nasira dun sa mga evacuation centers, at yung mga bunkhouses," Soliman said.
"Eto yung ating mahalagang magawa agad para nang sa ganun maayos natin ang ating kababayan na kinailangang i-evacuate," she added.
The DSWD earlier said that about 60 to 70 percent of the evacuees in the sports complex had to be moved to other sites, most of which are schools, after floods reached knee-high.
The sports complex, the largest evacuation site in the area, has been serving as the temporary shelter for over 17,000 individuals since the standoff between government troops and the Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) began last September 9.
Some of the displaced residents have also been complaining about the foul smell coming from the portable toilets in the evacuation centers, which has been aggravated by the floods.
With the current situation in Zamboanga, the DSWD said many of the displaced families may be left with no choice but to spend Christmas in evacuation centers.
The sports complex currently shelters thousands of residents displaced during the standoff between government troops and the Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Heavy rains hit the province last weekend, affecting 25 barangays and killing at least six people.