By Ali Macabalang
MAGUINDANAO – Floods hit the neighboring towns of Datu Paglas here and Tulunan in North Cotabato, displacing several residents who were still reeling from the effects of the Oct. 16, 29 and 31 earthquakes in Mindanao areas.
Flood waters caused by heavy downpours Friday swept through low-lying villages in the two adjacent towns in the evening, and compounded residents’ trauma from the three earthquakes, according to local officials and rescue volunteers.
Datu Paglas Mayor Abubakar Paglas reported no casualty in the inundation, even as he cited the prompt response of disaster risk reduction management council (DRRMC) workers in the two towns backed by motorbike enthusiasts in his turf called “Cowboy Riders.”
The joint response teams posted on Facebook photos of residents being rescued from the rampaging flood in Datu Paglas, and warned residents to be “always on guard” against further inundation amid intermittent rains and in the continuing aftershocks of the three earthquakes.
Authorities traced the epicenter of all three earthquakes to Tulunan, a low-lying agricultural town.
Meanwhile, the Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao was closely monitoring the situation in the two towns for the provision of prompt response, BARMM Deputy Executive Director Abdullah “Dong” Cusain said. (Ali G. Macabalang)