CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Around 650 houses near creeks and river banks were flooded in the east and west coast of the city affecting about 2,000 individuals in a flash flood that struck here early Morning Wednesday.
In Tablon, a coastal village east of Cagayan de Oro City, two houses made of light materials were carried by the raging flood across the city’s main highway, Village Chief Billy Kid Auza told reporters.
He said about 500 houses were flooded while 80 houses remained submerged Wednesday morning prompting 80 families to seek shelter in the village’s evacuation center.
The 80 families, however, returned home as the flood subsided Wednesday noon, Auza said.
In Iponan, another village west of the city, 150 houses along the Iponan River Bank were also flooded when the water overflowed about 3 a.m. Monday.
Allorin said that about 450 individials were affected in the flooding in Bolao, Iponan Village Chief Dondon Allorin told The Mindanao Daily News.
He said that 30 families composed of 94 individuals took shelter in the village’s evacuation center at the height of the flood.
Nick Habagat, head of the city’s disaster risk reduction management group, said that the rains in the city were only moderate, but heavy rains were monitored in the borders of Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City Monday night.
He said that the heavy rains prompted the creeks and tributaries to swell, which triggered a ranging flash flood that came down to the city affecting houses and families living along the city’s eastern and western water ways.
Habagat said that the city government was closely coordinating with village officials as relief and evacuation went high gear in response to reports of the sudden flash flood Monday.
Except for the two shanties, that were carried by the ranging flood waters, no casualty or missing owrson were reported, Habagat said. -0-