Climate change blamed for summer floods

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2011 01:24 PM | Updated as of May 05 2011 09:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains since Tuesday caused deep floods in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday that families living in barangays in Davao and Negros Occidental had to be evacuated due to the floods.

“Sa Davao City, 18 families sa Panacan at 20 sa Mahayag ang apektado,” said Director Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Ramos said a resident of Sitio Malagamot in Barangay Panacan, identified as 6-year-old Bongbong Mandalunes, drowned in the Panacan river.

“Sa Island Garden City of Samal, 3 barangay ang binaha: Babak, Peñaplata at San Agustin,” said Ramos.

Ramos added that the rains in Davao have stopped and the evacuees have returned to their homes.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said a landslide took place in Sitio Langam, Coronon, Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur, claiming the lives of two children.

NDRRMC identified the victims as 1-year-old Jenesa Sarocam and 4-year-old Jenelyn Sarocam.

Evacuees of EB Magalona and Victorias City in Negros Occidental have also returned to their homes. No casualties were reported in the area.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the rains were caused by an Intertropical Convergence Zone.

There is also a low-pressure area forming near Davao City, PAGASA said.

Ramos said the inclement weather may have been caused by climate change.

“Sanhi iyan ng climate change. Dapat summer ngayon e, mainit sa Luzon, nag-uulan naman sa Mindanao and some parts Visayas,” he said.

“First time in the history ng Sulu Province ay nabaha noong isang buwan,” he added.

In Metro Manila, the hottest day was recorded on Wednesday, with the temperature reaching 36.5 degrees Celsius. -- With a report from ANC