An aerial view of flooded areas in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces where thousands of villagers are affected by the recent typhoon ‘Crisping.’ (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales). The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao sends relief goods to typhoon victims (ARMM photos - Myrna Jo Henry)
MAGUINDANAO (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 5, 2013) – Villagers have appealed for more aid and shelter after rivers overflowed and flooded in the aftermath of the recent typhoon that hit the southern Philippines.
Many areas in the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato are underwater and tens and thousands of people were affected by the floods, particularly in the towns of Pagalungan and Datu Montawal.
Those displaced by the typhoon moved to higher areas, some in temporary shelters, but the number of refugees continues to rise as more and more people are seeking humanitarian aid.
The Muslim autonomous region to which Maguindanao belongs has launched “Oplan Crising” in an effort to provide aid to typhoon victims.
Crising was the codename of the latest typhoon that ravaged the region.
Social welfare Assistant Secretary Pombaen Karon Kader said Governor Mujiv Hataman instructed her to deliver relief goods and to assess the situation in Maguindanao’s flood towns.
Kader, accompanied by Ramil Masukat, director of the Technical Management Services of the Office of Regional Governor, handed over the relief goods to typhoon victims in Datu Montawal town. (Mindanao Examiner. Mark Navales)