Residents flee to higher ground after GenSan rains

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2014 11:55 AM | Updated as of Jun 26 2014 07:55 PM

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Residents living near waterways in General Santos City were evacuated due to the immediate rise of water brought about by strong rains in the area.

Residents living near Silway River in Barangay Labangal in General Santos were evacuated Wednesday night.

Officials of the barangay have been monitoring water levels to prepare for immediate evacuation.

Because the water level continued to rise, families in the area have started evacuating to higher ground.

Edgardo Escolano, a resident in the area, said their home is now flooded.

Other residents are also wary of the situation, as some houses have already been swept away by the river. A number of motorists were also stranded because of the flood.

The continuous rain is an effect of the low pressure area and inter-tropical convergence zone. ---from a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News