Rains put Mindanao under state of Calamity
by FFE PH News Staff
A number of cities and towns in Mindanao have been put under a state of calamity following floods and landslides brought by a low pressure area (LPA).
According to the state-run Philippine Information Agency, the areas under state of calamity are Davao del Norte’s Tagum City and the towns of New Corella, Kapalong and Carmen; the town of San Francisco in Agusan del Sur; Butuan City in Agusan del Norte and Davao Oriental.
Office of Civil Defense – Region 11 (Davao) director Loreto Rirao reported that rains in the region have been pouring non-stop for the last three to four days.
As of Tuesday, 14 January, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 10 incidences of landslides and five incidences of flooding in Regions 10, 11 and CARAGA. They estimated that around 40,640 families or 199,327 people have also been affected in the said regions. The death toll has risen to 15 with 13 missing and 34 injured.
A total of 34 roads and 17 bridges have become impassable due to incessant rain. 8,284 hectares of agricultural crops in Davao Oriental were also reported to have sustained damage.
The NDRRMC Operations Centre is currently on blue alert status where continuous monitoring is ongoing. NDRRMC has also advised regional preparedness units to start discussing evacuation planning and counter measures to prevent heightened issues in the area.
NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario said that the Philippine Navy is ready to respond to isolated areas in Davao Oriental and deliver relief goods. Two helicopters are also ready to respond to alerts in Davao Oriental.
The national weather agency PAGASA said that as of 4am Philippine time, the LPA was spotted several kilometres north of Butuan City. Aside from Mindanao, parts of Bicol and Eastern and Central Visayas will experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms. These areas are also alerted against landslides and flooding.