Radyo Natin
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'Forced evacuation' ordered in Bukidnon due to threats of flooding

CAMP OSITO BAHIAN, Malaybalay, Bukidnon — Hundreds of families living along the Tagoloan River in a village Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon were evacuated Thursday night to safer ground due to threats of flooding as a result of continued rains, the military said.
Capt. Norman Tagros, the spokesperson of the Army's 403rd Brigade based here, said that the evacuation was carried out by the military and local officials in Manolo Fortich as a preemptive measure.
He said that search and retrieval operation of Charylou Pangandigan, 34, who was reported missing last Wednesday was also held in abeyance as the Tagoloan River continued to rise Thursday.
Another 4,180 individuals in Valencia City, Bukidnon coming from 10 villages there were also evacuated to higher grounds due to rising flood waters, he said.
According to Tagros, the road in the village of Quezon in Bukidnon, was declared impassable to all vehicles after the residents in the village was evacuated earlier Thursday.
He said that the military also assisted the local government in Gingoog City in the distribution of relief goods to city residents who were evacuated to the city's gymnasium Thursday.
The army's 403rd Brigade has deployed six disaster and rescue team to assist the local government units since the flooding occurred Monday due to heavy rains brought the Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the Northern Mindanao region.
Tagros said that the brigade has three infantry battalions and a special force unit deployed in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
In Misamis Oriental, the members of the provincial board approved an Ordinance declaring the entire province under the state of calamity Thursday evening while ordering the resumption of classes of public schools in all levels on Friday.
Disaster officials in Cagayan De Oro City raised the "yellow alert" level Thursday afternoon as the flood water along the river banks was reported on the rise.
Under the "yellow alert" level, all residents in the flood prone areas were warned that the flood waters might rise any time and residents could move to safer ground if they want to. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800