By Bonita Ermac
LANAO DEL NORTE – Tropical Depression Falcon wrought havoc in at least five towns here affecting thousands of residents.
Rep. Abdullah “Bobby” Dimaporo of the 2nd district of Lanao del Norte said they are validating the number of residents who were affected and evacuated and the estimated damage caused by TD Falcon.
The affected municipalities were Lala, Sapad, Kapatagan, Salvador, and Sultan Naga Dimaporo.
“Dito (Kapatagan) hindi pa tapos but apparently more than a thousand here and more than 2,000 sa Lala ang nagbakwit initially,” he said.
In Kapatagan, two houses were damaged. Dimaporo said no casualties have been reported.
In barangay Concepcion, a bell was rung urging residents to evacuate when the water level was rising.
Josephine Gingge, a resident in Purok 7, Maranding Annex decided to evacuate with her children.
Classes were suspended in schools that were submerged in flood water.
Lala Mayor Angel Yap said it was like a repeat of the previous Vinta flood that hit the area.
“Because of Vinta, all drainage were back to zero, muddy. All are silted. There is noo proper elevation of drainage,” Yap said.
“Sa vinta nga time, back to zero gyud ta sa atong drainage kay naa man syay lapok so silted na gyud tanan”.
He added that as of 12 noon of July 17, 28 houses were reportedly washed out and big trees (acasia, balite and mango) fell on some houses.
More than 25 percent of the 14,000 hectares agricultural land was damaged.
Lala municipality has been placed under a state of calamity.
The initial number of evacuees reached 3,038 from the municipalities of Maranding, Lala-511 families, Kapatagan-1,637; Sapad-634; Salvador-159 and Sultan Naga Dimaporo-97. They are temporarily staying at the municipal gym.