CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY Provinces in Northern Mindanao (NorMin) have been experiencing continuous rains for the past three days, resulting in the evacuation of about 3,000 people as flooding hit the low lying areas and landslides in the region, the Regional Risk Disaster Reduction and Management Committee (RRDRMC) said on Tuesday.
Most affected were the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and Lanao del Norte where thousands of people were evacuated to safer grounds as streams and water tributaries in these areas started to overflow, resulting in flash floods, the RRDRMC said.
The Napo Bridge in barangay Cawit, a village bordering the municipal towns of Linamon and Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte, collapsed Monday night as a strong flash flood hit the area.
Local executives ordered the forced evacuation of more than 900 people in Kauswagan to designated evacuation centers there.
Thousands of commuters were reported stranded due to the collapsed bridge. Commuters took bancas and motorboat to ferry them to the other side of the where passenger buses and public utility jeepneys await.
In Lanipig, Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte, a landslide occurred, but highway officials immediately cleared the roads, allowing vehicles and commuters to pass through, the RRDRMC reported.
In Iligan City, the capital city of Lanao del Norte, the overflowing of the Mahayahay River has rendered the Tambakan Bridge impassable.
The RRDRMC has not reported casualty as of Tuesday.
In Misamis Oriental, flash flood and flooding were reported in almost all of the provinces 24 towns while the aviation officials had cancelled 7 commercial flights in the Laguindingan airport Tuesday morning due to zero visibility.
Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels in Misamis Oriental on Tuesday as heavy rains continue to pound the province resulting in flooding in some areas, particularly in the towns of Balingasag, Lagonglong, Medina and Magsaysay in the east district.
Flash flood also occurred in the west district, particularly in the component city of El Salvador, the coastal towns of Opol, Alubijid, and Manticao.
The provincial risk disaster and reduction management council, however, has not reported any casualty, but thousands of provincial residents have been evacuated to designated evacuation centers.
The government weather bureau reported the presence of the Low Pressure Area (LPA) 70 kilometers southwest of Cagayan de Oro as of 11 a.m. Tuesday and declared a rainfall advisory to areas of Misamis Oriental due to heavy to intense rains that might trigger flash floods and landslides in the province. (PNA)