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16 Maguindanao towns flooded

COTABATO CITY—Floods brought by heavy rains the past several days have immersed 16 of 36 towns in Maguindanao in knee-deep waters, the provincial social welfare office reported Monday.

Myrna Jocelyn Henry, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao–Humanitarian Emergency Assistance Response Team  information officer, said they are coordinating with the Maguindanao social welfare office for the distribution of relief goods on Tuesday to the affected areas.

Henry said most families preferred to stay at home despite the floods, while others sought refuge in houses of relatives living on higher ground while waiting for the floodwaters to recede.

A low pressure area caused by Tropical Storm “Paolo” that affected most parts of Visayas and Mindanao last week triggered the heavy rains. 

The towns affected included Mangudadatu (8 barangays – 3, 417 families); Shariff Saydona (5 barangays – 1, 812 families); Sultan sa Barongis (5 barangays – 1, 612 families); Sultan Kudarat (16 barangays – 4, 980 families); Ampatuan (3 barangays – 646 families); Sultan Mastura (6 barangays – 1, 014 families); and Northern Kabuntalan (10 barangays – 3, 112 families); and Mother Kabuntalan (17 barangays – 3, 868 families). 

Also inundated were Rajah Buayan (10 barangays – 1, 912 families); Buluan (5 barangays – 973 families); Mamasapano (13 barangays – 4, 523 families); Datu Salibo (17 barangays – 3, 281 families); Datu Paglat (3 barangays – 1, 702 families); Datu Paglas (1 barangay – 189 families); Datu Piang (3 barangays – 300 families); and Pandag (8 barangays – 1, 932 families). 

Topics: Maguindanao towns , Floods

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