Mindanao floods death toll reaches 15; at least 30,350 families affected –-NDRRMC, PRC

February 6, 2011 11:24 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 -– At least 30,350 families or 155,029 people from 270 barangays were affected even as the death toll reached 15 due to heavy floods which hit several parts of Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reported on Saturday.

Reports reaching the NDRRMC in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City said a total of 21,500 families had been evacuated from the areas affected by the floods brought about by the torrential rains that hit the Caraga provinces of Surigao del Norte, Suriago del Sur and Agusan del Norte as well as Jolo and other parts of Sulu.

The Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said that landslides were reported in Barangay Bugas-bugas in the municipality of Placer, Barangays Magtangali and Karihatag in Malimono, Barangay Mabuhay in Sison, Barangays Bonifacio and Rizal in Surigao City.

Damages to agriculture and infrastructure facilities reached an initial estimate of P290 million.

As this developed, the death toll from the floods rose to 15.

Three miners from Malimono, identified as Carlito Benocilla Jr., 26; Raymund Bonotan, 25; and Romeo Boboy, 18, were reported killed in a landslide in that town.

A fisherman, identified as Rodel Vertical, 35, from Socorro, Surigao del Norte, died due to drowning.

NDRRMC said the latest fatalities also included four people buried alive in a landslide in Surigao del Sur. They were identified as Nenita Corpuz, 57, and Julie Culapu, 47, of Cantilan; and Isagani Borja, 25, of Marihatag, and Aladin Corporal of Madrid.

Another fatality was identified as Teresita Acion, 62, who was initially reported missing in a landslide.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross said PRC-Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter immediately dispatched relief packs to affected families within their areas of jurisdiction.

PRC-Surigao del Norte, on the other hand, distributed used clothing and provided community kitchens and welfare and health education desks to some of the designated evacuation centers in the province.

PRC-Sulu Chapter also distributed hot meals and sleeping mats among the evacuees who are temporarily staying in their chapter hall. (PNA)

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