Floods from inter-tropical convergence zone affect 2074 people in Mindanao

Floods from rain brought by the inter-tropical convergence zone have affected at least 537 families or 2,074 people in six areas in Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday.

In its 6 a.m. report, the NDRRMC said the floods stemmed from intermittent rain over Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental.

But it also indicated the number of affected people may rise as the information from some areas was still incomplete.

"Downstream municipalities of Davao del Norte (including) Sto. Tomas, Braulio E. Dujali, Carmen and low-lying areas of Tagum City are expected to be affected by flood if heavy rain will continue," it added.

The NDRRMC said the affected families in the six areas included:

284 families or 933 people in Brgy. Poblacion, Compostela and Montevista in Compostela Valley 73 families or 241 people in Brgy. Poblacion, Monkayo, Compostela Valley undetermined number affected; impassable national road (Km 10) in Barangay Sagayen and water level above critical level in Barangay Canatan in Asuncion and Kapalong in Davao del Norte 180 families or 900 people in Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental

The NDRRMC said classes were suspended in all levels and mining was stopped in Compostela Valley for Tuesday.

It added the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for Region 10 was placed on red alert.

Lanao del Norte and Caraga

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said a flash flood hit Purok TCEs-6 in Poblacion in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, affecting 50 commuters.

No one was hurt. Stranded commuters were assisted by fire trucks and military vehicles.

In Caraga, meanwhile, moderate to heavy rain prompted the suspension of classes in Tago and Lianga, and suspension of elementary classes in Butuan City.

Cebu Pacific canceled its afternoon flights Tuesday due to bad weather, it added. –KG, GMA News

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