40,000 evacuated as heavy flooding hits Sultan Kudarat of Mindanao island

Updated: 02 Jun 2010
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Up to 40,000 people may be forcibly evacuated after torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the southern Philippines. 
Ten villages near the town of Sultan Kudarat on southern Mindanao island were under waist-deep waters after a river overflowed its banks.

The river was swollen by rains that began on Friday.

"We are preparing to evacuate them," said Pombaen Kadir, head of the local social welfare department.

"They still do not want to leave their homes which are now under waist-deep water, but we may force them to leave once the situation deteriorates."

She said the main highway that cuts through the affected areas had been rendered impassable to light vehicles.

Army troops in the area have also dispatched trucks to help in the planned evacuation efforts.
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