22 families evacuate as Liboganon river overflows in Kapalong

from Government of the Philippines
Published on 10 Jan 2017 View Original

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, January 10 (PIA) - - Some 22 households from Purok Tumana, Brgy. Pagasa in Kapalong are being evacuated in the municipal gymnasium as Liboganon River overflows this morning. Kapalong Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Gaspar Balinggao said in an interview that as of 1:00PM, the water level of Liboganon River reached to 6.2 meters while the spilling point is only at 5.9 meters. Balinggao stressed that pre-emptive evacuation were done earlier this morning since they noticed that every 45 minutes, the water level notches up by 0.1 meter. “With the situation, we are ready with our food packs that will be given to the evacuees,” he said. He attributed the event to the heavy rains last night in Patil, Gupitan and Suwaon. In an interview with Kapalong Information Officer Jamal Magantur, he said that the water from the Liboganon River is now slowly flowing in the compound of the municipal hall. Magantur said that classes in Kapalong National High School and Maniki Elementary School were suspended. Balinggao noted that since the water level in the upstream is decreasing, the flood will last only by around 2 hours. (PIA11, Michael Uy)