Flash flood victims in Davao City receive relief aid

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  • Photo from Ivy Tejano / MANILA BULLETIN

DAVAO CITY -- Over 1,000 families affected by the recent flash flood here received relief assistance from the Office of the First Congressional District Representative Paolo Z. Duterte on Wednesday morning, Feb. 22.

Personnel from the office of Congressman Duterte distributed emergency food packs, hot porridge, and breakfast to the flood victims in barangays 2-A, 5-A, 8-A, 9-A, 10-A, 19-B, Matina Gravahan, and Maa in the early hours of Feb 22.

As several barangays in the city were flooded, authorities ordered an evacuation on Tuesday evening following a heavy rainstorm which caused water levels in a river to rise and forced the 1,093 families or 4,300 individuals to leave their houses.

The First Congressional District Office assured that all victims were given appropriate assistance.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) issued warnings about the water levels in the city's five rivers, namely Davao River, Lasang River, and Bunawan River which were under code red, and Talomo River and Matina River which were under orange level.

CDRRMO head Alfredo Baloran said that water in the three major rivers in the region rose because of the rain, and that the roadway connecting Lasang and Bunawan had to be closed to traffic until Wednesday as portions of the road was under floodwater.

Davao City, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental sustained moderate to heavy rainfall on February 21 at 7 p.m. due to a localized thunderstorm that led to flooding in various barangays. Not a single person was reported injured or missing in the incident.