MANILA, Philippines - About 40 families fled their homes after a flash flood spawned by heavy rains ravaged Brgy. Poblacion, Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur.
The flash flood was triggered by the overflowing of Bulatukan River at around 5 p.m. yesterday. No fatalities or injuries were reported from the incident.
Some houses made from light materials were washed away. Even the town chapel was not spared after a hip-deep water entered it.
Resident Virgie Ricoplacion expressed despair after her house and some of her belongings were washed away by the flash flood for the second time.
Brgy. Poblacion was first hit by a flash flood in 2006.
Affected residents are now staying in safer places such as the barangay hall and town gym, while some chose to stay in their relatives’ houses.
The local government of Magsaysay are still counting the cost of the damages brought by the disaster. Meanwhile, relief efforts are being done for the affected residents. – Report from Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN Davao Del Sur