Almost 10,000 flood-affected families get help from ARMM
Cotabato City (10 October 2014) – The Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM-HEART) provided relief assistance on Friday to almost 10,000 families affected by flood in the 11 barangays in Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao.
An Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that hovered over Mindanao this week brought heavy rainfall, causing flood in several areas. The weather condition was exacerbated by Super Typhoon Ompong (international name Vongfong), though it did not directly hit the country.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Sultan Kudarat Mayor Shamem Mastura led the distribution of relief goods to some of the flood-affected residents early morning Friday despite the downpour.
ARMM-HEART has distributed a total of 1,500 sacks of relief goods, catering close to 10,000 families.
The 11 affected barangays include Bulalo, Salimbao, Kalsada, Banubo, Katuli, Molaug, Gang,Makagiling, Limbo, Sinditan and Lower Rebuken, all considered flood-prone. Several families had to move either to the temporary shelters provided by the local government or stayed with relatives in other parts of the town.
Hataman said a long-term solution to the perennial flooding in the area must get underway.
He said a flood-control proposal, which includes the construction of dikes and tributary diversions, crafted by the region’s Department of Public Works and Highways and endorsed to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has been submitted to the national government for funding and implementation. (Bureau of Public Information)