Eleven people died while thousands of families were either forced to flee their homes or rendered homeless due to heavy rains triggered by a low- pressure area (LPA) that spawned flashfloods and landslides in Mindanao.
Senior Superintendent Jose Carumba, director of the Davao Oriental police, said of the seven fatalities in the province, five died due to a landslide in Sitio Bangol, Barangay Tubaon, Tarragona.
Another one died in a flashflood in the same barangay while the other was swept away by strong river current in Barangay Marayag, Lupon.
“We have 28 barangays here affected by flooding, while we have nine barangays affected by landslide,” said Carumba.
The officer said at least 13,200 families were affected by the weather disturbance in Davao Oriental. The houses of 233 of them were totally washed out by flashflood.
“Some of the evacuees have already returned home, while some decided to stay in the evacuation centers,” said Carumba.
In Compostela Valley, the search and rescue operation are all out for five people who were reported missing after a landslide in Monkayo.
Senior Superintendent Camilos Cascolan, director of the Compostela Valley police, said four cadavers have been retrieved, two in Monkayo and two others in another landslide that hit Barangay Ngan, Compostela.
While some roads are now passable, Cascolan said there are still few more roads that were still not passable due to high floodwater, including two bridges in New Bataan.
Some 1,442 families were forced to flee their homes in the province, according to Cascolan. The biggest number is in Monkayo with 659.
Compostela has 405 displaced families, New Bataan, 194; and Montevista with 131 families.
The rest are evacuees from Maragusan, Maco, and Pantukan.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned about further possible flooding and landslides in several areas of Mindanao and moderate to occasional heavy rains from the LPA.
”Flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas,” PAGASA said in its 7 a.m. rainfall advisory released yesterday.
PAGASA expects rains that may continue for two to three hours in portions of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
The agency urged people and disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned to monitor weather conditions and its next advisory on the matter.
In its 5 a.m. forecast yesterday, PAGASA said the LPA is in the vicinity of Surigao del Sur. (Aaron B. Recuenco and PNA)
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