Davao Norte floods: one dead, 3,000 families affected

January 6, 2011 12:33 pm 

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 6 — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here confirmed on Thursday one dead and more than 3,000 families affected in this province due to flash floods caused by days of intermittent rains since New Year’s day.

The Council identified the first casualty of the calamity as Eserio Daniel, 47, of Barangay Bobongon in the municipality of Sto. Tomas.

PDRRMC Coordinator and Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) officer Arlene Semblante said Sto. Tomas town has so far suffered the brunt of the floods with damages to crops and livestocks amounting to P5 million and infrastructures worth P6.2 million.

Semblante said the town was already declared under state of calamity since January 3.

She said initial report as of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday also indicated that more than 3,000 families were affected by flooding in 33 low-lying barangays in five municipalities of the province.

Semblante said areas affected by the inundation include the City of Tagum and the municipalities of Asuncion, Kapalong, Sto. Tomas and Braulio E. Dujali.

She said some 312 families in five barangays of Tagum City were already evacuated to the designated evacuation centers.

Disaster coordinating councils of the other four local government units (LGUs) here are still consolidating their report on damages to crops and infrastructures in their areas, she added.

Semblante said the disaster council of the province and that of the affected LGUs, along with other local agencies concerned with disaster relief operations, have been placed on alert due to continuous rains.

She assured that the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, through the PDRRMC, is always ready to augment the calamity funds of the affected LGUs.

“With the convulsive rainfall likely to continue in the coming days due to the tail-end of a cold front affecting Mindanao, the PDRRMC has continued to issue public warning for people living near mountain slopes and in low-lying areas of the province, including the various local disaster coordinating councils, to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides,” she added. (PNA)

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