Matina River Reached Critical Level Leaving Hundreds Of Residents Affected In Davao City

MINDANAO, Philippines – On Monday, Oct. 25, Matina River reached a critical level leaving hundreds of residents affected in Davao City.

IMG Source: Leah Roluna

Due to the nonstop heavy rainfall motorists were stranded along Roxas Street, Davao City, and some residents were rescued, power supply was temporarily cut off due to the flooding.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 26, The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DCDRRMO) did not receive reports of casualties except for families who have been evacuated during the flooding after the Matina River overflowed to nearby residential areas.

Head DCDRRMO, Alfredo Baloran said that the early warning and announcement to evacuate helped people get ready for possibilities.

“Ang na-receive namo nga [report] gabii ang nibalibad na mag-evacuate. Naa gihapon pipila nga kaigsuonan nato nga dili gyud sila magpa-evacuate kung wala pa tung tubig sa ilang panimalay,” Baloran said.

(What we received last night are reports that some people are refusing to evacuate. There are still people who will not evacuate until the water enters their house.)

While other affected residents have already turned to their homes, they are still requesting medicine for Leptospirosis, extra clothes, and food that may be donated to the barangay leaders or parish church in the area.

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