July 27, 2022

A total of 259 families are safe, amid the swelling of two major rivers in Davao City, because of following the evacuation advisories provided by the Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

The swelling of the Talomo and Matina rivers and street flooding was caused by the heavy downpour brought about by an Intertropical Convergence Zone.

The Matina River overflow affected Matina Crossing, Matina Pangi, and Matina Aplaya.

The Matina Crossing evacuees numbered 139 families – 78 from Golden Valley, 33 from Teacher’s Village, 20 families from Bamboo Village [Arroyo Compound] and 8 families from Santiago Village – and took shelter at the Matina Crossing Barangay Hall.

A total of 43 families from Km. 6.5, Km. 7 and Km. 9 in Matina Pangi also took shelter at the Km. 7 Covered Court, Km. 9, and Matina Pangi Elementary School.

A total of 52 families from Pag-asa Extension took shelter at the Barangay Matina Aplaya Covered Court.

The Talomo River overflow affected barangays Catalunan Pequeno and Talomo Proper.

Three families from Catalunan Pequeño evacuated to higher ground. A total of 21 families from Taal 1, Taal 2, Bulusan, NHA Bangkal, Teacher’s Village, Morio-morio, Buluan, and MBC Homes in Barangay Talomo Proper evacuated to Central Park Gym.

Apart from the Matina and Talomo rivers, the overflow of Akliban Creek also prompted one family from Barangay Sto. Nino, Purok 23 to take shelter at the Old Public Market in Barangay Sto. Nino.

All of the evacuees returned to their respective residences by 6:35 am.

Apart from flooding in communities, street flooding was also noted at La Verna Corner Diversion Road in Barangay Cabantian, Puroks Sarphil and New Salmonan in Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Near Airport View Diversion Road, Barangay Communal and Damosa Road in front of Yellow Cab in Barangay Angliongto.

CDRRMO Head Alfredo Baloran, in a message to the City Information Office, said that there are no casualties during the flooding incident.

Baloran, from time to time, advised people to always stay on alert and follow advisories given by concerned agencies in times of flooding or landslides.

“We are still experiencing La Niña and this is coupled with the rainy season and localized thunderstorms. We must always be prepared kay ang pag-ulan (we must always be prepared because the rain) will cause flooding of creeks and river overflow,” Baloran said.

In observance of the National Disaster Resilience month, the CDRRMO office aims to ensure preparedness during disasters by conducting training to provide an immediate response such as the Basic Incident Command System (ICS) that involved member offices of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Council and also training for offices for Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Assessment (RDANA). CIO