HISTORIC FLOODING IN THE LAKE MAINIT

By: Gilbert P. Leopoldo

Lake Mainit area was experiencing one week heavy rains that resulted to flash floods in some areas in the lake ecosystem particularly at the lakeshore municipalities in Mainit and Alegria of Surigao del Norte and Kitcharao and Jabonga of Agusan del Norte. The said four municipalities was entirely affected especially the lakeshore barangays.

In the Municipality of Kitcharao, the submerged affected barangays are San Roque, Canaway, Bangayan and a portion of Barangay Crossing. The water level rises to almost 6 feet above the national highway in Barangay San Roque, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Buses and ten wheelers trucks cannot even pass through the highway. All the travelers had stranded and spend a day until the water level subsides. Moreover, the residents in Barangay San Roque, Canaway and Bangayan had evacuated to the upland areas while affected households from Barangay Crossing were sent to the Gymnasium of Barangay Poblacion, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.  Native Kitcharaonon’s said that this marked the highest water level in history of flooding in the span of 35 years.

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