Thursday, August 14, 2008

Internal displacement in North Cotabato

From Mindanao Tulong Bakwet, a closer look at the internal displacement wrought by the fighting between the MILF and government forces: 4,456 families flee warzone. Note: This report is three days old.

COTABATO CITY-Over 4,000 families forced to leave their homes and farmlands due to armed conflict in Midsayap, Aleosan and Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.

The Mindanao Emergency Response Network (MERN-Central Mindanao) thru Mindanao Tulong Bakwet, Inc. conducted ocular visit and data gathering in areas affected this morning.

In Pikit, North Cotabato the number of displaced families is yet to be identified as the roads this morning were rendered impassable and the massive evacuations are still on going.

As of 10 August 2008, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) in the areas reported about 2, 679 IDPs from barangays of Baliki, Central Bualan, Lagumbingan, Patindeguin, Gayunga, Upper Labas, Central Labas, San Isidro, Bagumba, Nes, Rangaban, Palongoguer, Macasendeg and Olandang who sought refuge in 15 evacuation centers in Midsayap, North Cotabato while some are house based.

In Aleosan, 1, 460 affected families from barangays of Bagolibas, Dualing, Pagangan, san Mateo, Dunguan and Tapodoc also vacated their homes. The 739 families of the 1, 460 sheltered in different evacuation centers in the area. The 721 families are outside evacuation centers.

In Pigcawayan, there are 317 families sheltered in evacuation centers mostly in schools near the high-way. These evacuees are from barangay Tubon, Cabpangi, Bulucaon, Upper Baguer and Had. Maria-Balogo from sitios Marges and Sitio Balogo.


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