MANILA -- A number of barangays in Zamboanga City remain flooded following heavy rains over the weekend.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said the floods displaced some 200 families in Barangay Tugbungan, 200 in San Jose Gusu, and another 70 in Baliwasan.
At least 39 individuals were also displaced in Lumiyap, Divisoria.
Several residents displaced by the armed conflict involving Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters sought safer ground after floods entered their makeshift houses. Some schools serving as evacuation centers were also flooded.
Meanwhile, in Barangay Tumaga, authorities are searching for 17-year old Roel Patrocinio who fell into a river and was swept by strong current at the height of the strong rains.
Roel's mother, Resty, said her eldest son does not know how to swim. Roel is a 2nd year Marine Engineering student at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel in Zamboanga immediately dispatched a rescue team to search for Roel.
Meanwhile, Black Eyed Peas member Allan "apl.de.ap" Pineda visited Talon-talon Elementary School on Sunday to spearhead the groundbreaking of the 2-storey school building which will be funded by his foundation.
The Talon-Talon Elementary is currently home to at least 600 individuals from Layag-Layag and Talon-Talon.
Apl de Ap offered songs to the evacuees and other guests. He also advised the pupils to reach for their dreams and not allow poverty or conflict to stop them from achieving their goals.