Tens of thousands of children displaced by flash floods in the southern Philippines are at risk due to deadly diseases, an official of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Sunday.
U.N. humanitarian agencies have been asked to provide enough food, medical supplies, latrines and other items to help people hit by widespread floods.
Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF country representative, said by phone that around 450,000 children in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and in central Mindanao staying in evacuation centers and affected communities are at risk of diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.
The Davao city government has sent P2 million worth of relief goods as assistance to more than 22,000 families affected by flooding in Cotabato City brought about by the clogging of the Rio Grande de Mindanao River.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said four truckloads of goods were brought to Cotabato City Friday escorted by operatives of the Task Force (TF) Davao.
Duterte-Carpio also called on the public to help the Cotabato City flood victims by dropping their donations at the City Hall’s assistance area.
However, she said the city government could not send any engineering or disaster personnel to Cotabato City since Davao City is also experiencing floods during heavy rainfall.
For days now, several barangays in Cotabato City have been submerged in water after Rio Grande de Mindanao overflowed because of the buildup of water hyacinths.