Floods submerge 7 Cotabato villages PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:55

COTABATO CITY — Clogged drainage and overflow of a huge river in Maguindanao led to flooding Saturday in this city’s seven low-lying villages after a heavy downpour overnight.

The Catholic-run Notre Dame University (NDU), situated in the borders of Barangay Rosary Heights 2, Rosary Heights 5 and Poblacion 4 was submerged with knee-level water due to a heavy downpour overnight and the overflow of Rio Grande de Mindanao from the Maguindanao marshland.

Last week, flooding affected eight Maguindanao towns and eight North Cotabato municipalities.

Fr. Eduardo Tanudtanud, NDU president, was forced to declare suspension of classes Saturday as flood water covered the roads leading to the university and its compound.

Officials blamed the floods in Barangay Rosary Heights 3 to clogged drainage system and the overflow of Kakar River, a tributary east of the city which served as diversion of floodwater from Maguindanao.

Also flooded were the villages of Rosary Heights 6, 7, 8, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 4, Tamontaka 1, 2 and 3, all situated east of Cotabato City facing the Maguindanao marshland.

The situation was worsened by the high tide with seawater meeting with the freshwater from Maguindanao marshland.

Cotabato City, considered six feet below sea level, serves as the catch basin of flood water from Rio Grande de Mindanao where water from Bukidnon, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Davao del Sur flows en route to the Moro gulf.

Aside from clogged canals due to garbage, tributaries criss-crossing the city were also clogged with huge cranks of water hyacinths.

Public works personnel from the city engineering office are now declogging the canals and social welfare officials attending to the needs of affected families.