Maguindanao, 2 cities under state of calamity

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 - Last Updated on July 30, 2013

After days of heavy rain and neck-deep floods, the local governments of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) declared the province of Maguindanao and the cities of Koronadal and Cotabato under a state of calamity on Monday and Tuesday.

In a report by the Philippine Information Agency, Mayor Peter B. Miguel of Koronadal City confirmed on Tuesday morning that the city was declared under a state of calamity due to numerous cases of flash floods and landslides over the weekend.

The City Risk Reduction Management Council (CRRMC) in Koronadal said three of the city’s 27 barangays are under a state of calamity: Barangays Namnama, Concepcion, and Assumption. Last week, Brgy. San Roque was placed under a state of calamity due to a rise in incidents of chinkungunya fever.

The proclamation was made a day after the CRRMC convened to gauge the cost of the damages brought by the disaster.

While the total worth of damages has yet to be finalized, “the initial damage assessment reports that came in already warranted the declaration of the entire city under [a] state of calamity,” the mayor said.

Landslides and flash floods were reported in Assumption, Mambucal, Sta. Cruz, San Isidro, Carpenter Hill, Concepcion, Zone III, and Namnama, where at least 17 hectares of rice plantation were destroyed.

Previously, the local government unit of Cotabato City declared a state of calamity on Monday after 25 out of its 37 villages remained submerged in floods.

Twenty one thousand families were affected by floods, according to a report by ABS-CBNNews.com. Classes in elementary and high school were still suspended as of Tuesday. Schools, government offices, health centers, and even mosques remain closed as flood has swamped the structures.

According to a report by Interaksyon.com, a total of 45,594 families in 155 villages of 18 towns were affected in Cotabato City and Maguindanao province since the heavy downpour started last week.

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