Residents fleeing floodwater navigate dire conditions in Visayas, Mindanao


Posted at Jan 18 2017 01:39 AM

Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused flooding in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, stranding travelers and damaging homes and properties.

In Misamis Oriental, weather bureau PAGASA said it recorded almost a month’s volume of rain due to the effects of 2 weather disturbances — a low pressure area, and the tail-end of a cold front. 

Several areas in Cagayan de Oro were also submerged when creeks and canals overflowed due to continuous heavy rain in previous days. While roads became passable Tuesday as water continued to subside, a state of calamity was declared for the welfare of residents affected by flood water.

This drone footage taken on Tuesday morning shows the Cagayan de Oro river flowing at a normal level. Courtesy of Project LUPAD

Residents of barangays Isidro and San Miguel in Sta. Fe, Leyte prepare makeshift boats, as their areas are inundated by floodwater brought about by heavy rain. Photo by Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News
The Department of Public Works and Highways help police clear mud caused by heavy rain in Barangay Kahupian, Sogod, Southern Leyte. Photo courtesy of SLPPSC-Abtik
A woman in Capiz puts piglets in her home to keep them safe from flood water. She hopes to sell them to cover damage caused by the flood to her property. Photo by Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN News
Rescuers secure residents of Barangay Lasang in Davao City, after the Lasang River overflowed Tuesday morning due to heavy rain since Monday night. Photo: ABS-CBN News
Families from Utap, Tacloban City prefer to stay in their homes, which were submerged chest-deep in water, rather than move to safer ground. Photo by Sharon Evite, ABS-CBN News
Students of Lumbatin Elementary School in Barangay Pugaan, Iligan try to cross a raging river on Monday, after school was dismissed in the afternoon. Photo by Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya distributed relief packs to families affected by flooding.

ABS-CBN’s non-profit arm Lingkod Kapamilya gives relief goods to 110 families displaced by the massive floods in Paknaan in Mandaue City, and Cansaga in Consolacion town, Cebu. Photo by Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News

In its 24-hour forecast issued Tuesday afternoon, PAGASA warned that Eastern Visayas and Caraga will continue to occasionally experience heavy rain and thunderstorms, while the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have light to moderate rains, and isolated thunderstorms.