Flood drowns 6-year-old, damages 22 houses in Lanao del Norte

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Asix-year-old girl drowned when their house in the municipality of Baroy in Lanao del Norte province was swept away Sunday by floodwaters due to heavy rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front, it was reported late Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Cristy Jane Celocia, who was swept away along with her family’s house in Barangay Lower Sagadan, Baroy, Lanao del Norte, reported Office of Civil Defense in Northern Mindanao (OCD-10) director Carmelito A. Lupo.

Lupo, who is also concurrent director of the Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council-X (RDRRMC-10) also said that a total of 1,009 families in Lanao del Norte have been affected by the floodings, which also damaged 22 houses (12 totally damaged and 10 partially damaged) in 14 barangays in 3 Lanao del Norte municipalities.

These barangays included Baroy Daku, Raw-an and Upper and Lower Sagadan in Baroy town; Cabasagan, Lanipao, Matampay Ilaya, Pendulunan and Raw-an in Lala town; and Bulod, Kakai Renabor, Pigcarangan, Tangeguiron and Poblacion in Tubod town.

Lupo also reported that minor landslides have been observed in barangays Lapinig and Dunggoan in Kapatagan town, Lanao del Norte. However, these were immediately cleared by DPWH personnel in the area.

Annabelle Mendez, Lanao del Norte’s provincial social welfare and development officer, said that 1,267 families in these three towns have fled their homes due to floodwaters since Sunday.

Mendez said that the rice-producing town of Lala suffered the worst in terms of damages to crops because vast farmlands were still submerged in floodwaters as of Tuesday morning.

However, she said they are still ascertaining the total monetary value of the damages as of press time.

Tubod town information officer Lyndon Calica said that the Lanao del Norte provincial government had distributed relief goods to the affected families in Tubod, Lala and Baroy.

“We are augmenting the assistance given to these families by distributing relief goods in the flooded towns. Each relief package contains rice, sardines, noodles, beef loaf, mat, blanket and cooking pots,” Mendez said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomic Services (PAGASA), meanwhile, said the tail-end of a cold front has continued to affect the region resulting in light to moderate rains for the next 24 hours. PAGASA said it has observed 13.0 mm of rainfall in this city and 15.0 mm in Malaybalay City, as it advised people living near mountain slopes and low-lying areas of the river systems and their tributaries to temporarily seek shelter in higher grounds to avoid possible flashfloods and landslides.

PAGASA said the following rivers are in danger of overflowing their banks: Odiongan, Tagoloan, Cagayan de Oro, Manduloy  and Cabulig rivers in Misamis Oriental; Layawan River in Misamis Occidental; and the Agus, Liangan, Maranding, Mandulog, Dapao and Mataling rivers in Lanao del Norte. Albus D. Estabas

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