Villagers flee as flood hits 3 city barangays
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/06 October 2021) A total of 94 individuals or 40 families fled as flood hit villages in three barangays in the city, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) reported Tuesday.
Heavy rains brought by the Inter-tropical Convergent Zone (ITCZ) and Tropical Depression "Lannie” hit the city around 5p.m. Tuesday causing flood in areas, including along the Kalawaig Creek.
Worst hit according to the CDRRMO report is flood-prone Sitio Bongbongon in Brgy. Sumpong with a total of 33 families or 74 individuals. They were brought to the Sumpong Covered Court. In Purok 9, Brgy. 1, a total of six families were also rescued and evacuated to their Barangay Hall. In Brgy. 9, a family with a bedridden member, also fled from Gawad Kalinga to a house in Brgy. Kalasungay. In the same barangay, a bridge also collapsed in Purok 2 due to the high-water level in Kalawaig Creek.
CDRRMO responded to the request for rescue, the report said, as soon as they learned of the rise in water level and the subsequent flood. The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) provided for basic needs like food for the evacuees. The CDRRMO also provided modular tents.
The CDRRMO cited a collaborative effort with the city police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the army’s 403rd Infantry Battalion. The city government has also deployed a Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) Team to assess the damage.
Residents responded to call for donations for food and clothing for the evacuees. The evacuees from Sumpong and Brgy. 1 lost belongings to the flood, some of them lost their houses, too. The Kalawaig flood came just barely a week after flood also hit Casisang on September 30, which is subject of an on-going probe by the Multipartite Monitoring Team of the City Government of Malaybalay. (BukidnonNews.Net)
IN PHOTO: One of the affected houses in the flood on Tuesday in Upper Kalawaig, Sumpong, Malaybalay City. Courtesy of Fel Palalon