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Displaced Lanao folk return as waters subside

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FLOODWATERS that inundated six towns in Lanao del Norte have subsided as the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm “Falcon” moved out of Philippine territory.

Titus Velez of the Office Civil Defense in Northern Mindanao said many of 7,644 people affected by the flashfloods have already returned home Wednesday afternoon.

“There was no rain experienced today in the entire province of Lanao del Norte,” Velez said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, floodwaters from the highlands of Lanao del Norte rushed down the rivers to inundate the towns of Tubod, Lala, Salvador, Kapatagan, Sapad and Sultan Naga Dimaporo.

“The flood waters were similar to that of typhoon ‘Vinta’ of 2017. It came rushing down from the mountains,” Joy Garcia, Lala resident said.

Garcia said floodwaters began rising at 5 am Wednesday and by three pm, inundated the town.

Rosauro Arnel Gonzales of the Office of Civil Defense said mandatory evacuation started as early 12 noon on Wednesday in areas they have identified as lowlying areas and flood prone.

He said six houses were destroyed in Sultan Dimaporo.


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