2 provinces, 24 LGUs in Mindanao under state of calamity

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Local government units and emergency responders in Mindanao remain on alert, with the possibility of the low pressure area over the island turning into a tropical depression again.

Two provinces and 24 towns have been placed under a state of calamity, as flooding and landslides continue to devastate many areas, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday, January 21. 

A state of calamity has been declared in the entire Lanao del Norte, including Iligan City, as well as the province of Agusan del Norte.

The following towns are under a state of calamity too, according to the NDRRMC:

     * Sta. Josefa, Sibagat, Bunawan, San Francisco, Esperanza, Veruela, Trento, and Rosario in Agusan del Sur

     * Butuan City and the towns of Lianga, Tago, San Miguel, and Bislig in Surigao del Sur

     * Tagum City and the towns of Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, and New Corella in Davao del Norte

     * Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston in Davao Oriental

Over 809,000 people affected

At least 42 people were killed while 65 were injured due to the weather disturbance known at one point as Tropical Depression Agaton. As of posting, 8 persons are still missing, according to the NDRRMC. 

After days of heavy rains and flooding, the NDRRMC recorded 168,492 families or 809,686 individuals affected by the weather disturbance. At least 804 villages in 103 towns in 15 provinces in Mindanao were devastated.

More than 565 evacuation centers provide shelter to 43,417 families or 203,022 residents. 

The government estimates that at least P376 million worth of structures and crops were damaged. The calamity also left at least 739 houses destroyed and 1,278 houses damaged.

At least 50 roads and 25 bridges in regions 8, 10, 11, and Caraga are still not passable as of posting.

Local government units and the Department of Public Works and Highways meanwhile deployed teams to repair bridges and to conduct clearing operations in landslide sites.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned P33.50 million worth of relief assistance while the various local government units spent at least P43 million for the relief operations. – Rappler.com