Floods hit city

Altered waterways cause floods in 2nd district

WATERWAYS altered by some business establishments have been pointed as the contributory factor in the floods that hit several barangays in the second district of the city, an official of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Office (CDRRMO) says.Following heavy rain that started late Monday night until early Tuesday morning, residents in some villages of the city’s north areas experienced waist-deep floods water.

CDRRMO Operations Officer Rodrigo Bustillo said a subdivision and a cemetery in Panacan have modified the waterways in the areas.

“The canal should be 15 by 20 meters,” Bustillo said. “But the subdivision in Malagamot altered it to just two diameters.”

Bustillo said Forest Lake Memorial Parks also modified the waterways.

“Due to the modification of the waterways, the conveyance capacity of the canal became smaller,” Bustillo said. “And since the waterways are now smaller, expect the rain water to flood the houses.”

The TIMES tried to reach the administration of the Forest Lake Memorial Parks but the employee who answered the phone call refused to comment due to lack of authority.

As of 6 p.m., records from the CDRRMO showed that at least 600 families were affected by the floods that hit the barangays of Buhangin, Communal, Barangay Lanang (Belisario Heights), and Panacan (Malagamot).

At least 200 families affected in Don Ramon Village, Pizarro Village, and Doña Mercedez Village in

Panacan were evacuated to the barangay hall.

Disaster responders from Central 911 together with Task Force Davao rescued at least 25 individuals, mostly children, in Barangay Panacan during the flood.

Street floodings were also reported La Verna, Buhangin and lower portions of Belisario Heights.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) were also deployed to assist the flood victims.

CDRRMO said all the river systems were within the safe levels, and all the bridges in the second district were all passable.

Bustillo said they are validation the damages, although no major damage on infrastructure was reported.

Flood waters subsided starting 8 a.m. yesterday as rains also stopped.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported that the heavy downpour was caused by Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao and Palawan.