Tropical Storm Crising floods several barangays in Mati

Tropical Storm Crising has weakened into a tropical depression as it made a landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, at 8:20 pm Thursday, May 13 according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The City Information Office of the City of Mati reported that three barangays experienced flooding early this morning after six hours of heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Crising.

The affected barangays are Don Enrique Lopez (DEL), Dahican, and Matiao.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) received reports showed that several houses and infrastructures were already flooded as of seven in the morning of May 14.

In Brgy. DEL, the Bitan-agan River overflowed causing waters to rush into the nearby residences of Purok Panumbon and Pagsilaan. The CDRRMO readily dispatched heavy trucks in the area as residents were advised for possible evacuation due to intense flooding. As of nine in the morning, five families reportedly evacuated to the Pagsilaan Elementary School.

In Barangay Dahican, residents of NHA Dahican, NASA, Urban Poor and Martinez Subdivision were also affected by the flooding with floodwaters entering several of the houses as canals overflowed.

A gasoline station and a 7/11 store were also flooded. Floodwaters are however already subsiding Friday morning in NHA and Martinez subdivisions while water is still knee-deep in Urban Poor.

In Barangay Matiao, the areas of Ceboley 1 and 2, Upper and Lower Kapayas, and Guingona were also affected by the flooding. Video posted by local journalist Nick Cabugnason showed waist-deep waters in residential areas of Ceboley.

A huge tree could also be seen blocking the creek causing floodwaters to overflow and spill over to the nearby houses. The Mati CDRRMO however sent a heavy equipment to dislodge the debris.

The Mati CDRRMO dispatched several teams to the three barangays to assist and assess the situation on the ground. Among the teams helping the CDRRMO are Braces, Kabalikat Civicom, Jaguar 10, City Traffic Management Office, City Engineering Office and Dreams 166.

Hotmeals were also provided to displaced residents. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF CIO MATI)

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