Flood water rising in Lanao del Sur towns due to heavy rainfall

COTABATO CITY -- Flood water has been rising in several towns in Lanao del Sur as the Tail-End of a Cold Front and Low Pressure Area continue to bring rains in the province and nearby areas.

Tong Pacasum of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported that floods in the towns of Taraka and Bubong in Lanao del Sur have been rising, sending people to safer grounds.

According to the bulletin of Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued at 4 p.m., heavy rainfall is now affecting the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.

"Flood is threatening in these areas," PAGASA said.

In Lanao del Sur, Pacasum said it has been raining the past two hours and all barangay and municipal disaster teams have been alerted.

The Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) is closely monitoring the water level with the help of military and police organizations using its communications and personnel.

After floods were reported in seven towns in Lanao del Sur Wednesday, Governor Soraya Alonto-Adiong and the Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) of the ARMM said that the affected villages are those near rivers that overflowed due to huge volume of rainwater.

Provincial disaster workers have started distributing relief goods to displaced families now numbering about 8,960 as of 7 a.m. Thursday.

Also flooded towns were Ditsaan-Ramain, Taraka, Maguing, Kapai, Poona Bayabao and Balabagan towns.

At 4:30 p.m. today, PAGASA also issued "Code Orange" for Lanao del Sur which means "flooding is threatening in low lying areas and near river channels and landslides over mountainous areas." (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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