Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Davao Flood

Dead bodies found after the flash flood that hit four barangays in Davao City already reached 15 as of 12 noon Wednesday.

Most of these deaths are that of babies and toddlers living near the Matina River.

The said flash flood strike Wednesday dawn after the city experienced 6-hour non-stop heavy downpour that started at 9:00 Tuesday evening.

Authorities believed that the flash flood was brought about by the heavy downpour and the water overflow of most rivers and creeks found in these barangays.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) here in Davao City meanwhile revealed that they only recorded 8mm of rain that time. He explained though that their rain gauge is only located at their station near the airport, they have no rain gauge in Matina area where the downpour happened.

The rise of water level was so quick leaving most residents in those areas unprepared. Some remained on their rooftop until Wednsday morning fearing that they couldn’t keep up with the strong water current.

City Mayor Sara Duterte estimated about 20,000 to 50,000 families who lost their homes and properties due to the said calamity.

She has called for a special committee session to declare these areas under state of calamity.

The flash flood that recently hit the city is considered the worst that happened in Davao .

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