An aerial view of flooded areas after water hyacinths clogged the Rio Grande de Mindanao River in Cotabato City, southern Philippines June 22, 2011. (Reuters)

As backgrounder, here’s something from Interaksyon on June 17:

Flood displaces 66,000 in Cotabato City

Some 66,000 people from 14 of this city’s 26 villages have been displaced by flood caused by days of heavy rains that showed no signs of abating on Friday.

Many of the evacuees are staying with relatives, neighbors and friends but 12,000 have needed to be taken to basketball courts and other government facilities converted into evacuation centers.

Cherry Veloria, supervising administrative officer of the Office of City Social Welfare and Development Services, said they have already identified 16 evacuation centers but worried they may need more should the number of evacuees increase.

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I hope the pic and the accompanying news link will make people see why the people of Cotabato were so pissed off with President Aquino and the national government yesterday.