FIFTY families were displaced after a heavy downpour of rain lasted for an hour Wednesday evening, causing flood in some areas of Davao City.
Rescuers from Central 911 and police Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) alerted residents living near the river to evacuate in case there is a rise in the water level.
Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Davao Region officer-in-charge Rebecca Lopez said 50 families from La Verna Subdivision in Buhangin were evacuated to higher grounds following the knee-deep flood.
"May problema kasi ang drainage nila diyan. Umuwi rin naman sila kaagad nung bumaba ng ang tubig baha sa kanila. Nag kanya-kanyang linis din ng bahay," Lopez said.
The San Isidro, San Vicente Zone 3 and 4, NHA in Buhangin, Carmelite, Bajada, Barangay Ubalde, Lulu Village, and Agdao District, also experienced almost knee-deep flood. However, no evacuees nor casualties were reported.
Lopez said the rain also stranded several commuters and stalled motorists along Jose P. Laurel Avenue and some streets in Ecoland, Matina and Buhangin.
"Dun sa apat na probinsiya (Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental), wala naman ding reports ng pagbaha," Lopez said.
City Health Office's Tropical Disease Control (TDC) head Elizabeth B. Banzon reminded the public to keep their surroundings clean to prevent any disease brought about by the downpour.
"Ang mga posibleng sakit nga makuha pag tag-ulan kay dengue, malaria, cisto diseases and intestinal worms. To avoid all of these panatilihin malinis ang ating mga bakuran at sa loob din ng bahay," Banzon said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned the public on Thursday against possible thunderstorms. (ICT)