LOOK: Cotabato flash flood forces hundreds to evacuate

Rean Hacosta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2016 03:31 PM

Several days of heavy downpour flooded the towns of Norala and Sto. Niño in South Cotabato.

A total of 176 families were forced to evacuate when the Matapol creek in Sto. Niño overflowed.

At 11 p.m. Monday night, residents were advised to temporarily leave their houses for safety as water levels continued to rise.

But despite warnings from the Barangay Disaster team, some residents still chose to stay behind.

The provincial government of South Cotabato has released food packs to affected families.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of South Cotabato will continue to monitor the weather before allowing residents to return to their homes.