Monday, January 31, 2011

Nearly 6,000 people evacuated due to Caraga flash floods, landslides

BUTUAN CITY - Disaster management officials in the Caraga region in Mindanao have implemented a forced evacuation of nearly 6,000 people because of flash floods and landslides, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Caraga Region reported.

The Surigao City and Surigao del Norte Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC), brought some 4,762 individuals (or about 856 families) to safer grounds in Surigao City and the towns of Mainit, Tubod, Claver and Gigaquit.

In the Dinagat Islands also in Caraga Region, some 1,000 individuals from give barangays were also evacuated to safer grounds due to flash floods and landslides.

In Surigao City,some 354 families from Sitio Pagasa and Sitio Bonotan were evacuated. 

In Agusan del Norte, two persons died of drowning while in Surigao del Norte, one person was reported missing, the OCD said.

In Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur, landslides have been reported, the Esperanza Municipal DRRMC said. 

In lakeside Mainit, Surigao del Norte, some 2,892 individuals (or about 482 families) were evacuated due to flash floods and the rising water level of Mainit Lake, the fourth largest lake in the country.

In the entire Surigao del Norte province, some 103,121 individuals (or about 20,137 families) in 235 barangays were affected by flooding.

In Surigao del Sur, a landslide incident reportedly occurred at the national highway in Barangay Union, Lingig town after the Tago River overflowed, causing floods in the highway.

In Dinagat Islands, alert Level 3 was raised and classes in all levels weresuspended. Evacuations were conducted in barangays Jacquez, Wilson, Don Ruben, Luna, and Matingbe. 

Sea travels to and from Surigao City and the Dinagat Islands were also suspended. – VVP, GMANews.TV

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