Flashflood displaces 334 families in Pagadian City

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Sept. 22 (PNA) — Flashflood spawned by continuous downpour on Monday afternoon has displaced 334 families whose houses were inundated in Barangay Tiguma, this city.

Haron Damada, city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) chief, told the Philippines News Agency the flash flood occurred when Tiguma River swelled and overflowed.

Damada noted the Tiguma River overflowed since the waterway was clogged with debris that prevented the free flow of the water.

Damada said two of the 334 inundated houses were swept away while seven others were heavily damaged.

He said the flashflood destroyed at least PHP150,000 worth of properties as most if not all of the inundated houses were made of light materials.

He said the flashflood also affected some motorcycle display centers along the road of Barangay Tiguma.

He said the city government through the CDRRMO has immediately provided relief assistance to the affected families.

Meanwhile, Damada said the personnel of the city engineer’s office had been tasked to clear the Tiguma River of debris that clogged the waterway. (PNA)