/ At least four people died and one was injured when mudslides triggered by torrential rains hit two areas in central Taiwan, rescue officials said on Tuesday. Schools were suspended in several large cities, as Taiwan faced the most serious flooding since Typhoon Morakot lashed the island in 2009, triggering massive mudslides that killed more than 600 people. /
/ Mindanao floods drown 1 /
/ Floods displace 700 villagers in Philippine south. Two days of rain has flooded several villages and towns and forced nearly 700 people to flee their homes in the southern Philippines. /
/ Severe floods inundated homes in Big Margus in Glan, Sarangani province on Tuesday, forcing many residents to wade through floods and relocate. Over 100 families from 5 barangays were affected by the floods. /
/ Floods displace hundreds of villagers in Mindanao /
/ Flooding in the northern and the southern Thailand has been continuing, Thai News Agency reported on Tuesday. In northern province of Sukhothai, three communities in the provincial seat have been flooded. /
/ Floods affect over 30,000 in Assam
The first wave of floods that hit Assam about a week ago continues to wreak havoc, affecting over 30,000 people in seven districts of the state till Tuesday. The official flood report said Lakhimpur, Darrang, Hailakandi, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Udalguri and Nagaon districts had been
Floods displace 700 villagers in Philippine south
MANILA, Philippines — Two days of rain has flooded several villages and towns and forced nearly 700 people to flee their homes in the southern Philippines.
The head of the Philippines’ disaster response agency said Tuesday an unidentified man drowned in Glan town of Sarangani province.
Benito Ramos said parts of Sarangani, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces were flooded Tuesday after two days of pounding rain set off by a brewing tropical storm. At least 680 people fled from their homes and were being sheltered in public gymnasiums.
Army troops and rescue teams are monitoring 17 flood-prone towns surrounding the sprawling Liguasan Marsh.
About 20 tropical storms and typhoons batter the Philippines each year.
Severe floods hit Sarangani town
MANILA, Philippines – Severe floods inundated homes in Big Margus in Glan, Sarangani province on Tuesday, forcing many residents to wade through floods and relocate.
Authorities said two people have died while one fisherman was rescued. The two victims have yet to be identified.
Over 100 families from 5 barangays were affected by the floods.
Some roads and bridges were also destroyed.
One of the residents, Maxima Padapat, said water levels suddenly went up Tuesday morning following a night of heavy downpours.
Aside from the rains, strong waves and winds also triggered the rise of water levels.
Village councilor Ibaresto Buhian said many residents panicked when water levels rose.
The children were the first to be brought to the barangay hall and a truck terminal, which now serve as evacuation centers.
The municipal government, meanwhile, assured residents that help is on the way. -- Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN; ANC
Mindanao floods drown 1, plague 351 families
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Officer Benito Ramos reported Tuesday that floods caused by a Shallow Low Pressure Area 100 kilometers from Mindanao drowned an unidentified male adult in Pangyan village in Glan town, Sarangani province and beset around 351 families in different parts of the island.
Ramos, who is also the administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, added that Margus village, which is also in Glan, was flooded as well and caused 26 families to evacuate to the town’s gymnasium where the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and other concerned agencies are now attending to them.
In Sultan Kudarat, flashfloods plagued the villages of Obial, Sta. Clara, Hanalaan and Himulan in Kalamansig town, affecting at least 320 families, 23 of which were evacuated to higher ground.
Ramos said clogged culverts are partly to blame for the flooding in Sultan Kudarat. An engineering task force from the municipality has now been tasked to clear the culverts.
In Kidapawan City, Cotabato, Ramos said five families were evacuated to a Day Care Center in the city when a flashflood inundated Poblacion village.
He explained that the risk reduction and management council and social welfare units in Kidapawan have pre-positioned rescue equipment and relief goods “in case of any eventualities” and concerned city officials are closely monitoring the situation. — DVM, GMA News
KIDAPAWAN CITY – Two days of rain has flooded several villages and towns in southern Philippines and forced nearly 700 people to flee their homes on Tuesday.
Benito Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head, said parts of Sarangani, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces were flooded after two days of pounding rain set off by a brewing tropical storm.
At least 680 people were now being sheltered in public gymnasiums.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines reported 50 families were also displaced by flashfloods in Barangay Big Margus Proper, Glan in Sarangani province.
Ramos said an unidentified man drowned in Glan town.
Nurkaya Patadon, 42, one of the flood victims in this city, said many of their appliances and valuables were swept out to the Nuangan River, one of the longest rivers in North Cotabato.
Patadon's family, including 43 other families, decided to leave their homes for fear the waters might rise again due to torrential rains.
Heavy rains started to pour at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday and continued until Tuesday afternoon, said Psalmer Bernalte, head of the Kidapawan City Emergency Response Unit (KidCeru), one of the groups that conducted rescue operations.
Kasan Maruhom, one of the displaced residents, said that Tuesday’s flashfloods was the worst since 2000.
"We never thought the floodwaters could rise as high as 15 feet. What happened was the worst. I've lived in this area for more than 30 years," Maruhom said.
Maruhom said he would transfer his family to Mundog Subdivision in Poblacion.
Others, however, have problems finding areas for their relocation.
"We don't know where to go. We have no place to stay other than the riverbank. Our workplace is here in the Poblacion," said Salik Quila, also one of the flood victims.
Bernalte said the waters of Nuangan River, already considered a dead river in Kidapawan City, became turbulent as heavy rains continue to fall across North Cotabato due to low pressure area, which brought widespread rain showers and thunderstorms.
Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco has already ordered the immediate evacuation of the families living near the riverbanks, including Lapu-Lapu Street, Cotelco Village, and Licatan Subdivision, all in Poblacion here.
"We've already given them orders in the past to leave the place, yet, they won't listen," Gantuangco said.
Gantuangco said a relocation site in Barangay Balindog, about five kilometers away from the Poblacion, is set for the victims.
He said they will declare this city under state of calamity so they can use a portion of their funds to help the flood victims.
He added that he already ordered the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to assess and evaluate the situation and immediately conduct relief operations on Wednesday. (Malu Cadelina Manar of Sun.Star Davao/AP/Sunnex)
Thailand's floods continue in North, South
BANGKOK, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Flooding in the northern and the southern Thailand has been continuing, Thai News Agency reported on Tuesday.
In northern province of Sukhothai, three communities in the provincial seat have been flooded.
Sukhothai municipality worked together with the Third Army Region and college student volunteers to reinforce dykes along the Yom River which has flooded riverside communities and a section of Highway no. 101 since Monday.
About 40 families, whose houses are under water, moved to temporary tents provided by the Sukhothai authorities. If there is no more rain in the North, the flood situation is expected to ease in two or three days, authorities said.
Far to the south, in Trang, six villages in the provincial seat are under water. Many roads are impassable for small vehicles, as the Trang River overflowed into low-lying areas.
Although rain stopped three days ago, river water levels are still high. Local residents lack drinking water and suffer from water-borne diseases such as rash and athlete's foot. Flat- bottomed boats used for evacuation and relief supplies are insufficient in flooded areas.
Four dead in Taiwan mudslides
TAIPEI — At least four people died and one was injured when mudslides triggered by torrential rains hit two areas in central Taiwan, rescue officials said on Tuesday.
Schools were suspended in several large cities, as Taiwan faced the most serious flooding since Typhoon Morakot lashed the island in 2009, triggering massive mudslides that killed more than 600 people.
Two were killed and one was wounded when a makeshift shelter in a mountainous area of Nantou county was buried by mudslides, said the national fire agency, adding downpours also damaged roads and disrupted electricity.
Two men who worked for the forestry bureau in Taichung city were rushed to a clinic Monday with severe injuries caused when a mudslide crushed their office, but despite efforts to save them they died later in the day, the agency said.
In northern Taoyuan county, 20,000 chickens were drowned when a farm was submerged by a flash flood, officials said.
Massive flooding was reported across the island since late Monday, with more than 700 millimetres of rain (27 inches) in some areas while Taiwan's central weather bureau warned of more heavy rains this week.
As of mid-morning Tuesday, Taipei and three other large cities had suspended classes and work in government offices.
Floods affect over 30,000 in Assam
The first wave of floods that hit Assam about a week ago continues to wreak havoc, affecting over 30,000 people in seven districts of the state till Tuesday. The official flood report said Lakhimpur, Darrang, Hailakandi, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Udalguri and Nagaon districts had been affected.
The flood water have also submerged 1,096 hectares of crop area in the affected districts, the report said.
The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said the water levels in major rivers such as Brahmaputra and Burhidehing were rising at some points in upper Assam and flowing over the danger level.
Last week, the rising water level had breached a dyke on Pisola river in Lakhimpur district and submerged a vast area.
Similarly, the surging water of three rivers -- Suklai, Bornodi and Naobondha -- have inundated large swathe of agricultural lands and human habitations in lower Assam.