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Maguindanao areas suffer flooding after earthquakes damage dikes

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Residents of Datu Salibo town in Maguindanao wade through floodwater after dikes were damaged by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao. -- MAHDI MOHAMAD VIA @OXFAMPH

SEVERAL VILLAGES in Maguindanao province have been flooded after dikes in surrounding areas were damaged by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao. Non-government organization Oxfam Philippines reported floodwater in the barangays of Pagatin, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, and Sambulawan in the town of Datu Salibo. “Our partner, @unyphil_women (United Youth of the Philippines-Women, Inc.), is currently monitoring the situation,” Oxfam said on Twitter. Datu Salibo is still reeling from flooding in recent months due to heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon and several tropical storms, according to International Alert Philippines’ July-August bulletin based on its Critical Events Monitoring System. “Among the hardest hit was Datu Salibo, which serves as catchment for water coming from other towns. Some of its barangays, in fact, are flooded year-round. This time, however, all 17 of Datu Salibo’s barangays were covered by water,” International Alert reported. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also reported flooding in barangays Tual, Damakling, and Poblacion in Paglat town due to the damaged dike near Buluan-Paglat River.

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