More than 100 families evacuated due to flooding in Davao City

DAVAO CITY - At least 106 families evacuated from their homes after the Davao and Talomo rivers reached critical level due to flooding in some parts in Davao City on Friday night.

The Davao City DRRMO advised communities living near river channels to conduct pre-emptive evacuation as water level increased due to localized thunderstorms on Friday, January 15. This photo shows the Tamugan River, a tributary of Davao River. (Photo courtesy of Davao City DRRMO)

The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) advised all Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees to conduct pre-emptive evacuation in communities living near the river channels and low-lying areas as the water level in the tributaries of the Davao River swelled due to localized thunderstorms.

City-wide sirens in Barangay Maa and Bucana were triggered to alert the communities to evacuate. At 9:25 p.m. on Friday, the CDRRMO said residents in the following areas were evacuated:
2 families in Barangay Lacson;
2 families in Barangay Gumalang;
10 families in Barangay Waan;
20 families in Barangay Maa;
9 families in San Rafael Village;
30 families in Barangay Mandug;
6 families in Barangay 2-A;
27 families in Barangay 8-A; and
300 individuals in Barangay Tigatto
Several individuals in Barangay Matina Crossing also evacuated.

At 11:28 p.m., the CDRRMO said that, while Davao River was still on code red or critical level in Baranay 19-B river channels, it was already gradually subsiding.

Meanwhile, the Talomo River and the rest of the city's river system were already on code green or Safe Level before midnight.

The CDRRMO said "moderate to heavy rains were experienced in the areas of Toril District and Talomo District," while the rest of Davao City experienced cloudy skies with scattered light to at times moderate rains around 5 p.m. Friday.