Floods from ‘Dante’ prompt evacuation of 100 families in Davao City

Published May 31, 2021, 5:09 PM

by Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – Police and volunteer rescuers evacuated over 100 families to safer grounds after creeks and rivers here overflowed following the heavy downpour from tropical depression “Dante” Sunday night.

An initial report from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) showed that several families in a subdivision in Bangkal in Talomo District, including the 65 families on Bulusan and Taal Streets, were evacuated to higher ground.

There were 12 families in Barangay Bunawan, Bunawan District; three families in Barangay Mintal, Tugbok District; and 10 families in Barangay Bago Aplaya, Talomo District who were evacuated due to water level increase in these areas. Other families went to their relatives.

Intermittent light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains are being experienced in some areas of Buhangin, Talomo, and Poblacion Districts in Davao City while light to moderate rains are being experienced in Tugbok. The rest of Davao are experiencing cloudy weather with scattered light rains Monday.

The city government of Davao is still monitoring the rivers in Bunawan and Lasang, which are marked as warning level, and Talomo River which is marked at critical level but now gradually subsiding. The Lipadas River and the rest of the river channels are monitored within code green or the safe level.

Not a single person was reported injured in the flashflood here in Davao City, except for a house made of light materials that was totally damaged in Tugbok District due to the strong wind. Police and rescue volunteers were advised to follow basic health protocol guidelines in doing their job.

Meanwhile, the Davao del Norte Provincial DRRMO noted a landslide on Tagum Road, Barangay Tuburan in Mawab at around 6 a.m. Monday that caused traffic in the area. All motorists were advised to be careful in their respective essential travels bound to the north.