By MART D. SAMBALUD
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Heavy rains brought by Typhoon Zoraida caused rivers to overflow in six towns of Compostela Valley.
The Comval Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported overflow of rivers in the municipalities of Compostela, Laak, Maco, Montevista, Nabunturan and Pantukan.
Rains from morning until noon caused the overflow of Osmeña River in Compostela, Amorcruz River in Laak, Hijo River in Maco and Manat River in Montevista. Flooded areas were reported in Nabunturan town, in Brgys. Basak, Magsaysay, Sta. Maria, Bukal and New Sibonga; in Pantukan in Brgy. Kingking; in Mabini in Brgy. Pindasan and Cadunan.
Some areas were deemed not passable due to the overflow such as in Maco in Brgys. Elizalde to Malamodao.
The PDRRMC also announced that 174 families had evacuated to safer grounds in three municipalities namely Nabunturan, Monkayo and New Bataan.
The number of evacuees and evacuation centers are as follows :
Nabuturan : 39 families (21 at Brgy. Magsaysay covered court, 11 at brgy. health center and seven at the multi-purpose hall.
Monkayo : 55 families (45 at Pasian Elementary School, 10 at brgy. health center).
New Bataan : 80 families at Brgy. Cabinuangan covered court.
A landslide was reported in Mount Diwata, Monkayo with no reported casualties.
Rains have reportedly stopped by midday but weather remains cloudy. The province remains on alert in monitoring the movement of rivers. (Mart D. Sambalud/davaotoday.com)compostela valley, Typhoon Zoraida