AT LEAST 139 families were affected by the flooding after heavy rains poured in the eastern part of Cagayan de Oro in a span of two days.
City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a said 139 families in Barangay Bugo were affected by the flood. One house was destroyed while three others were damaged.
A landslide also occurred in the same barangay hurting one resident.
City Engineer Rolando Pacuribot said the flood was caused by the water overflow in Alae River due to the massive volume of downpour.
A line canal in Bugo highway without a proper water outfall is also seen as one of the reasons of the flooding, Pacuribot said.
He said quarry operations in the Alae side may have also caused the accumulation of water in the upstream causing the heavy downpour downstream when it finally rained.
Pacuribot said the affected residents mostly reside in the lower part of Barangay Bugo beside the river where a dike is still absent.
The city government, Pacuribot said, has already poured over 100 million for the construction of a 1.2-kilometer dike in the upper side of Bugo, going to Alae.
The city has also already allocated a budget for their next project, a dike in the downstream area of Barangay Bugo to spare families from another flooding, Pacuribot said.
“Ang other side pud sa river, sa Casinglot, Tagoloan na nga part naapektuhan pud sila sa baha. Gani, ninghangyo sila nga kung pwede ba daw matabangan sila. Pero, maglisod kita kay dili naman gud kana atong area. Ang side lang gyud sa Bugo ang atong maatiman,” he added. (PJ Orias)