Flash floods hit Davao City anew, hundreds displaced

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DAVAO CITY — Hundreds of city residents from various legislative districts especially those near the riverbanks and low-lying areas were ordered to evacuate as floodwaters hit many barangays in the city during the Friday flash floods.

As of 7 o’clock in the everning of January 15, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) switched on the siren signalling that a danger was impending as flood waters from the hinterlands have reached the major rivers of the city.

As early as 4 o’clock in the afternoon, residents noticed and took videos of the rampaging river waters in Barangays Lamana, Dominga and Suawan all in the hinterlands of the northern portion of the city.

Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Saavedra

The CDRRMO in its 9: 25pm monitoring reported the following barangays with the number of evacuees.

Brgy. Lacson, Purok 8: 2-Families and 7 Individuals; Brgy. Gumalang Purok 9: 2- Families, Brgy. Waan Purok 30- 10.

Brgy. Ma-a- Purok 27: 20 Families; Platinum Street-9Families, 25 Individuals and 11 children;

Brgy. Mandug Purok Dapsa: Estimated 30 Families Evacuation Site: Brgy. Hall; Brgy. Tigatto Evacuation Site: Sitio Uyanguren Gym and Juliville Gym Estimated 200 persons mostly women and children.

An estimated 300 individuals in Brgy. 2-A6 Families; Metro Farmers Bankerohan (Already returned to their respective residence; ); Brgy. 8-A Purok 9: 27 Families, 51 individuals- Evacuation Site; Upper Madapo Brgy. Matina Crossing Matina Gravahan evacuated communities onboard at the higher ground area only.

The barangays affected from the third legislative district were not yet included in the report but Newsline was informed that in barangay Suawan, in Marilog District, 37 families have temporarily occupied the Barangay Gym as the Suawan river overflowed.

In Barangay Bantol, Marilog District, residents were forced to leave their houses after the water swelled as the footbridge in Banuayan creek collapsed.

At around 10:00 pm, Calinan District Police Chief Captain Jake Golez told Newsline about the rescue operations as about 8 to 20 residents in Purok 17 Villafuerte St., Barangay Calinan were trapped inside heir houses as floodwaters reached the shoulder-high level and they are awaiting the 911’s rubber boats.

In the downtown area, Barangay 9A Kagawad Suzette Rodriguez evacuated her constituents to the barangay gym as flood waters hit many houses.

The affected residents are mostly near the river or riverbanks, where floodwaters often cascade.

Davao flood history shows that after three days of sporadic rains in the hinterlands, flash floods happen in low-lying areas. Newsline.ph

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