Two days after flooding hit some barangays of Tacurong City and reports on damages came in, the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Council declared on Friday that there is no need to place the city under state of calamity.

Mayor Lina Montilla said that assessment reports on the damages caused by the flooding do not qualify to place the whole city under state of calamity. The mayor who also sits as chairperson of the DRRM Council added that only Rajah Muda, one of the three affected barangays, was placed by its barangay council under state of calamity.

Heavy rains caused the Kapingkong River to overflow and submerged some areas surrounding it. By 5 o’clock in the morning of June 24, residents of Puroks 6, 7 and 8 Barangay in Rajah Muda started fleeing their homes. By noon time, evacuees who sheltered at the barangay’s multi-purpose hall reached to more than 700.

More than 500 persons also fled their homes in Puroks San Francisco and Rose in Barangay Baras as waters coming from the river started to rise steadily. Around two hundred individuals from Barangay EJC Montilla, though not directly hit by flooding, also fled their homes for preemptive reasons. No injuries were reported in the affected areas.

The City Social Welfare Office recorded a total of evacuees at 1,668 in three affected barangays. The City DRRM Council has been quick to respond to the needs of the evacuees by providing food, water, and medicines.

Evacuees started to return to their homes in the morning of June 25.

City Agriculturist Ramon Losañes said that a total of 112 hectares of farm lands were damaged by the flood. Damage to crops were estimated to reach P4 million. He also reported that around 40 meters span of the NIA dikes located in Barangay Baras were destroyed by the flood.

The DRRM Council is now moving on with the rehabilitation stage. Assistance extended by the city government, partner agencies and private groups to affected residents is also ongoing.

Meanwhile, barangay officials and residents in the affected barangays are advised to be vigilant at all times as this is just the onset of the rainy season. (LGU Tacurong City Information)