COTABATO, Philippines, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of families have been displaced following a chest-deep flash flood caused by heavy downpour that hit several parts of southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, the country's National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Sunday.
At least 8,200 families remain troubled by floods caused by continuous heavy rains in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao province since Thursday, the NDCC said in a statement.
Since Saturday night ten low-lying villages in the township of Sultan Kudarat remained in waist-deep, NDCC said, adding "Some areas are waist-deep underwater. There was no report of casualties. "
Heavy rains since Thursday caused the Simuay River to overflow. Residents of these villages have evacuated temporarily to the higher portion of national highways, NDCC said.
The local disaster control department is closely monitoring the situation and preparing for mass evacuation of the affected residents if the situation worsens.
Emergency response units of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Maguindanao and in this city were placed on standby to assist if needed, NDCC said.