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Fire, Water, Rebellion Mark 2017 in Davao City

It would have been a rosy picture for Davao City in 2017. Growth was on the uptrend at 9.4 percent and construction was booming.

The numbers in crime index and volume were decreasing. Although rebellion and terrorism impact on the city's situation, Davao City remains the top destination for investments and tourism in 2017.

Until on the night of December 22 when Davao River overflowed due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Vinta which hit several provinces and cities in Mindanao, including Davao City.

The flood brought havoc to 20,000 families from 25 barangays from the upland to downtown areas. They settled in evacuation centers. Some even spent Christmas and New Year's eve outside the comfort of their homes.

And barely addressing the needs of the evacuees, the fire hit the city's home-grown New City Commercial Center (NCCC) in the morning of December 23. This left 38 people dead, 36 of them call center agents of the Survey Sampling International (SSI)and one employee of the NCCC Mall. Another SSI call agent is still missing. …

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