President Aquino monitoring flood situation in Mindanao, says official

January 17, 2014 11:57 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 17 — President Benigno S. Aquino III instructed government agencies to ensure that communities affected by the floods in the Agusan region get the assistance they need, a Palace official said on Friday.

“Primarily, his directive was to ensure that they get the proper help,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang Friday.

Valte said the President issued the instruction even at the time that the low pressure area (LPA) in the region has not yet been upgraded into a typhoon.

Forecasters said the LPA turned into Tropical Depression "Agaton" Friday.

“Noong LPA pa lang, nagbibigay na si Pangulong ng directives sa NDRRMC to work very closely with the local DRRMCs, to make sure that the proper technical assistance is rendered when it is requested,” Valte said.

It was reported that many people have fled from the rising floodwaters along the banks of the Agusan River on Mindanao in the past 24 hours.

The evacuees temporarily sought shelter in schools and government buildings in the Agusan region, reports said.

Weather forecasters had earlier reported that the LPA will become a full-pledged tropical storm and is expected to cause the heavier-than-usual rains over Mindanao.

The bad weather has already disrupted local aviation and shipping schedules, with several dozen domestic flights cancelled over the past week with ferries and a cargo vessel reported to have run aground in Cebu and Bohol this week. (PNA)

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