Friday, July 31, 2009

More trouble for Mindanao

PHILIPPINES: Flooding affects 160,000 in south

MANILA, 30 July 2009 (IRIN) - Heavy rains across the southern Philippines have resulted in massive flooding in many low-lying areas of Mindanao Island, with villagers either marooned inside their houses by waist-deep waters or forced to evacuate, according to disaster relief officials on 30 July.

Large swathes of farmland covering more than 2,486ha in the central Mindanao towns of Pigcawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Pikit and Tamontaka have also been damaged by floods, according to the Office of Civil Defence in Manila. Read the rest of the story.

It's terrible when people already devastated by conflict have to suffer through natural disasters as well. I also feel bad for my colleagues, whose work days just got a lot more tricky in conducting validations and distributions. Where did I used to work? Pigcawayan, check. Alamada, check. Libungan, check. Midsayap, check. Aleosan, check. Pikit, check. I met Mayor Sacdalan (mentioned at the end of the article) quite a few times; he actually had a good plan for disaster management (including emergency funds) which he's obviously putting into play now.

When it rains, it pours...literally...

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