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Overflowed river, collapsed dikes force 1,300 families to abandon their homes

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Overflowed river, collapsed dikes force 1,300 families to abandon their homes


Some 1,300 families yesterday fled their homes and sought refuge at temporary shelters put up by the city governments of Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela after the main river overflowed and dikes collapsed, catching the local officials and residents by surprise.

The massive evacuation of affected families was immediately ordered, especially in Navotas and Malabon areas after the Tullahan River overflowed due to the strong rainfall early yesterday morning which was worsened by high tide that reached its peak at 2.2 meters around 9 a.m. yesterday.

Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco in a text message to Tribune said nearly 600 families were evacuated to several schools and covered courts converted into their temporary shelters after their houses were inundated by floodwaters.

He added the damaged pumping stations and collapsing dikes largely contributed to the flooding in almost half of the entire barangays in the coastal city..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/metro-section/item/2335-overflowed-river-collapsed-dikes-force-1300-families-to-abandon-their-homes

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