Flood submerges 13 Dapitan City villages

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 10 – Thousands of residents were affected as 13 barangays in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, were submerged by flood for two days from Thursday until Friday, an official disclosed.

Dapitan City Councilor Apple Marie Agolong disclosed Friday the flood was spawned by continuous heavy downpour that started Wednesday night and lasted until around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Agolong said the flood water started rising around 6 a.m. Thursday and worsened when the rivers in nearby towns swelled and overflowed toward Dapitan City.

Dapitan City is bounded on the east by the towns of Rizal and Sibutad, Dipolog City on the west, the towns of La Libertad and Mutia on the south and on the north by the Sulu Sea.

Agolong said the 13 affected barangays remained under water for two days since the flood only receded Friday morning.

“Wala ng baha, nagrecede na ang tubig. Putik na lang ang naiwan,” Agolong said Friday.

She said that in some areas, the water is neck-deep “while in other areas it is up to eight feet high.”

The affected barangays are Barcelona, Ba-ao, Burgos, Dampalan, Diwa-an, Ilaya, Masidlakon, Oyan, Opao, Pontungan, Polo, Sulangon, and Tamion.

Agolong said it was their first time to experience flood that submerged 13 of the 50 barangays of Dapitan City.

“The most was only Barangay Burgos gets flooded and the water recedes in few hours,” Agolong said.

She said that at least 10 houses were destroyed in Barangay Ilaya and they have yet to determine the worth of agricultural crops that were damaged by the flood. (PNA)

LAP/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb

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