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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Flood hits Muslim worship site

The worship center of Muslims in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, was hit by floods Wednesday night, damaging several religious books, appliances and other properties.

Imam Omar Betita, head of the Al Dhikr Islamic Call and Guidance Center, said yesterday that the flood water reached knee level, but in the back portion of the center, it was up to neck level.

Aside from the documents, carpets, books and curtains at the place where they hold their worship, the stage and the house of Betita were also hit by flood.

The new books were to be distributed to their brothers and sisters, Betita said, adding that they did not expect the flood.

He said they are asking for help from anyone so they can properly re-build their center and avoid similar incidents in the future.

It was the first time that their center in Barangay Mansilingan has been flooded, Betita said.

The water subsided Thursday and their members were still cleaning up the mud left by the floods yesterday.

Barangay Mansilingan is one of the seven flood-prone barangays in Bacolod, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office head Rufino Alcala, said.*SGG

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