‘Gener’ brings flashfloods, landslides in 3 Lanao towns

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Rains brought by tropical storm Gener (international codename: Saola) has caused landslides and flashfloods in at least three towns in Lanao del Norte, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) said.

As of 7:00am today, about 300 families from different villages of Sapad, Kapatagan, and Sultan Naga Dimaporo towns have moved to evacuation centers.

Junelyn Pepito, of the Kapatagan Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) reported that residents of Barangay Bagong Silang, Kapatagan gathered at the roadside before they were “preemptively evacuated.”

Raulia Dimatimbang, of the Sultan Naga Dimaporo DRRMO said that the landslides in Barangay Bangaan have made the road leading to Cotabato City impassable.

Marilyn Trozo of the Provincial DRRMO said that they were still counting the actual number of affected families and assessing the damage to properties in some barangays.

“We are still closely monitoring the situation, rest assured,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Sapad DRMMO has already provided hot meals and conducted search and rescue operations together with the local police and personnel from the 35th Infantry Battalion.

In Sultan Naga Dimaporo, the DRRMO conducted search and rescue operations with the 35IB and clearing of the national road at Barangay Bangaan. (Nef Luczon/MindaNews)