State of calamity declared in Davao del Norte; 14 barangays flooded

State of calamity declared in Davao del Norte; 14 barangays flooded

- Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte has placed the province under a 'state of calamity' due to heavy flooding and landslide brought by the continuous rain

- Damaged livelihoods, crops, and infrastructures and submerged several towns, including the Kapalong town gym which also serves as the evacuation center were reported

- A flood and landslide warning was also issued by the PAGASA along with an advise for the residents near mountain slopes and low lying areas

The fourth for this month and the most recent flooding in Davao del Norte has led the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province to declare a 'state of calamity' on Tuesday, January 24.

According to reports from GMA, more than 900 residents were affected by the heavy flooding in 14 barangays in Davao del Norte.

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State of calamity declared in Davao del Norte Photo credit: MindaNews

The resulting flood and landslides from continuous rain brought by the tail-end of a cold front in the past week had damaged livelihoods, crops, and infrastructures and submerged several towns, including the Kapalong town gym which also serves as the evacuation center.

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Several roads had also become impassable by light vehicles as of Tuesday morning, according to reports from the local government.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a flood and landslide warning along with an advise for the residents near mountain slopes and low lying areas to stay away from streams, riverbanks, and coastal areas during heavy rainfall.

Aside from the Davao provinces, badly hit were Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Northern Mindanao particularly the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Valencia (Bukidnon), Caraga Region, and parts of Maguindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula.

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As of press time, it has been reported that relief operations were already being conducted in affected barangays at the municipal level social service offices.

Other line agencies of the government and private groups are also participating in the on-going relief operations in the province.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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