GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Two children were killed while around 270 families were displaced as flashfloods hit anew parts of Sarangani Province in the last three days.
Rene Punzalan, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDR-RMO), said Tuesday several rivers and tributaries in the province swelled and triggered heavy flooding as a result of sporadic heavy rains since Saturday.
He said the floods specifically affected low-lying and riverside communities in the municipalities of Glan, Malungon, Malapatan and Alabel.
Citing a belated report from the Glan Municipal DRRM Office, he said two children were killed after being swept by rampaging floodwaters while crossing a river in Barangay Congan late Saturday afternoon.
The victims were identified as Ronelyn, 11, and Analyn Ninando, 12, who were listed as residents of Barangay Datal Bukay in Glan.
Rescuers recovered the bodies of the victims in a nearby village on Sunday morning, the report said.
In Alabel town, Punzalan said some 267 households were displaced by flashfloods that hit portions of Barangays Baluntay and Maribulan on Sunday.
He said 86 families were affected in Purok 8 of Sitio Talik in Baluntay; and, 89 in Sitio Lower Bayan, 41 in Purok Upper Bayan, and 51 in Purok Fatima, all in Maribulan.
The evacuees took temporary shelter at the gymnasium of Barangay Maribulan but returned to their homes after the floods subsided on Monday, he said.
Punzalan said the critical Malungon Lumabat and Buayan rivers in Malungon town also swelled at the height of the heavy rains on Sunday, totally damaging three houses in Purok Abrason of Barangay Ampon and three more in Purok Paraiso of Barangay Banahaw.
In Malapatan town, a footbridge connecting the integrated high school and the center of Barangay Daan Suyan collapsed and was washed out floodwaters.
The Malapatan MDRRMO reported that a banana plantation was damaged while a family was trapped for several hours by the floods in Barangays Lun Padidu and Patag.
Punzalan said they are currently monitoring other possible damages in the affected areas as a result of the flashfloods.
He added that they remain on high alert as sporadic rains were still monitored in some areas in the province.