- Posted January 12, 2014 by
Davao City, Philippines
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Landslides, flooding in Davao Region
By Ben O. Tesiorna
Landslides and flooding affected thousands of residents of Southern Mindanao as three days of non-stop rain battered the region and the rest of Mindanao since Friday.
As of Saturday evening, about 481 families were evacuated in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte. The breakdown are as follows:
Davao del Norte:
130 families from New Corella
76 families from Asuncion
37 families from Kapalong
110 families from Laak
33 families from Nabunturan
43 families from Montevista
50 families from Compostela
2 families from Monkayo
Another landslide was reported in Purok 6, Barangay El Salvador in New Corella, Davao del Norte at around 2 in the afternoon.
A bailey bridge was also destroyed by strong river current in Barangay Depot Upper Ulip in Monkayo town while a provincial road was covered by a mudslide in Nabunturan town.
IMPASSABLE ROADS, BRIDGES
Several roads and bridges in Compostela Valley were rendered impassable as of Sunday morning due to flooding.
As of 7:00 am of January 12, all rivers in the said province had increased its water level. Roads that are declared closed to traffic were those in Barangay Binuangan in Maco town; Sitio Pagsilaan in Andap, New Bataan; Barangays Tamia, Mangayon and Ngan of Compostela town; and the national highway purok 1, Poblacion Monkayo.
Bridges that are not passable to vehicular traffic are as follows --Coco Bridge in Mayo River in Andap, New Bataan; and the bridge at Manat River in Montevista.
As of 5 a.m. today, Sunday, 5 families were evacuated in Poblacion Monkayo, 18 families in Mt. Diwata Elementary School, 25 families in Compostela town, 34 families in Montevista, 13 families in New Bataan, and 20 families in Pantukan.
Flashfloods were reported in areas located along Manat River in Montevista; Purok 8 in Barangays Magsaysay and Magading and Purok 7 in Barangay Basak in Nabunturan town; and Sitio Looban and Crossing Mendoza in Barangay Kingking in Pantukan.
LANDSLIDES, TUNNEL COLLAPSE IN MINING AREAS
In the gold-rush mountain of Diwalwal in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, two minor landslide occurred destroying two houses and injuring a 5-year old boy.
The police reported that the first landslide happened at Purok 9 around 2:00 a.m. then followed by another in Purok 5 at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The landslides destroyed two houses at P5 owned by Ivy Tagalog and Virgilio Baguinang while 5-year old Icer Tagalog sustained minor injury.
One house was also totally damaged at P9 owned by Edgar Carpentero. The affected families were readily evacuated at Mt. Diwata Elementary School.
Another landslide in a mining area in Pantukan, Compostela Valley was reported Sunday. While four mine tunnels collapsed in nearby Barangay Kingking, a small-scale mining area, that's being developed by a US-based mining firm.
The landslide happened in Sitio Lantawan, Barangay Napnapan. The debris reportedly covered the route leading to the Boringot mining area in the same barangay.
Earlier, reports claimed that a mine tunnel barred down in Boringot Saturday evening. A certain barangay kagawad Ronnie Quijano was quoted as saying that several small-scale miners were in the said tunnel when it collapsed.
The report was however denied by village chief Veto Rodriguez.
But four other tunnel bardowns were confirmed in Kingking. These were in Sitio Gumayan, three tunnels, and one in Purok Pag-asa, Sitio Panganason. Authorities are still confirming if there are miners and houses buried in the tunnel collapse and landslide.
Rescuers could not go to the area due to impassable road conditions.
DAVAO CITY FLOODING
In Davao City, a portion of the Davao River, in particular at the Muslim area of El Rio overflowed around one in the morning Sunday. Authorities readily dispatched dump trucks to the area to evacuate affected residents.
Few hours before, authorities have already advised residents along Davao River to be prepared for evacuation once the riverbanks overflow.
Majority of the 16 families who were evacuated from their homes in El Rio Subdivision, Davao City have returned to their residences Sunday morning.
This after the water at the Davao River has already subsided. Other rivers in the city like Tamugan and Talomo have also subsided by Sunday morning.
Authorities are however not letting their guards down as they advise residents, especially those living near the riverbanks, to take precautions as there is still an active low pressure area in Southern Mindanao.
City emergency responders are still on alert level 2.