1 dead, 36,000 evacuated due to 'Seniang' in Misamis Oriental

December 30, 2014 11:43 pm 

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Dec. 30 -– A 56-year-old farmer died while more than 36,000 people have been evacuated in Misamis Oriental in the aftermath of tropical storm "Seniang" on Monday.

The lone fatality was identified as Eddie Matus, of Santa Ana, Tagolo-an. Witnesses said that a rampaging flash flood carried away Matus, who was tending a cow Monday afternoon. His body was recovered Tuesday morning.

Edmundo Pacamalan, Jr., head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), said the evacuees involved 11,000 families who have been moved to 154 evacuation centers in the province.

Pacamalan said that the province’s social welfare department has taken care of the evacuees to make sure that they would have enough food and medicines, especially for the children and the elderly.

He said that the evacuees, most of them living in coastal areas and river bank, would remain in the evacuation centers until the weather normalized.

Pacamalan said that storm Seniang has affected 19 municipal towns in Misamis Oriental and the province’s two component cities of Gingoog and El Salvador of Misamis Oriental.

He said that the province’s rapid assessment team has already estimated the damage to agriculture and properties at about Php500 million.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported on Monday that the province of Misamis Oriental will still experience rains and gusty winds. (PNA)

LAP/CD/CD/EDS

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