Floods kill 6 in Davao Region

DAVAO CITY – Six persons were killed, including a three-year-old girl, when floods hit some parts of Davao Region due to continuous rains brought by the tail-end of a cold front since last week.

In Davao Oriental, four persons were killed when swept by raging flood waters, the provincial information office said on Wednesday.

Reports said a person died in Caraga town during the flooding, two in Cateel and a three-year-old girl in Barangay Lawigan, Mati City.

There are no details as of this posting as to the identities of the victims.

In Compostela Valley province, the information office reported of two deaths due to floods that hit villages in the area.

The victims were identified as Rodrigo Digal Jr., a resident of Barangay Magangit, New Bataan and Pablo Gador of Maragusan town.

As of 8a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Compostela Valley reported a total of 2,219 families directly affected by flood – 182 families in Nabunturan town, 530 in Compostela, six in Maragusan, 641 in Monkayo, 721 in New Bataan, 103 in Montevista and 36 in Mawab.

The provincial government and concerned authorities are still determining the extent of damage to crops and infrastructures in the area.

Meanwhile, in Davao del Norte, high levels of floodwaters continue to affect major thoroughfares in the area as of Wednesday morning.

A recommendation was already made to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare the province under a state of calamity on Tuesday afternoon.

The declaration was not yet acted upon as of press time.

Data gathered revealed that four towns in Davao del Norte were already declared under a state of calamity as of January 24.

These towns include Asuncion, Carmen, Kapalong and New Corella.

A total of 21,245 families or 40,335 individuals in 69 villages were affected by floods and landslides in Davao del Norte.

Estimated damage to infrastructure in the area was placed at PHP285.6 million while PHP11.2 million for crops, PHP1.2 million for livestock and PHP.85 million for fisheries.

In Davao Oriental, the information office said a total of 342 families were affected by flooding in the town of Cateel as of Wednesday morning.

Of the total number, 214 are now staying temporarily at San Isidro Elementary School; 35 families in Yahuno Relocation Site; 77 families in Cateel Central School; and 16 families at the Cateel Vocational High School.

The provincial government said they are still waiting for the report on the number of affected families and individuals from other towns.

Improving weather conditions are generally experienced in the provinces of Davao Region on Wednesday morning. Local government units (LGUs) together with line agencies and private groups continue to reach far-flung villages to deliver food and relief goods to flood victims.

But the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said Davao Region will still experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms due to the tail-end of a cold front that continues to affect the eastern portion of Mindanao. Alexander Lopez/PNA-northboundasia.com