Agaton claims 40 lives, affects 130,000 families

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Sunday, January 19, 2014


MANILA (Updated) -- Non-stop rain in Mindanao already killed 40 people, while the affected population rose to around 130,000 families, said the National disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC) on Sunday morning.

The NDRRMC reported that the Low Pressure Area (LPA), which turned into Tropical Depression Agaton, also injured 65 people while five remained missing Sunday.

From a total of 123,444 families affected, around 34,000 vacated their homes and temporarily stayed in evacuation centers.

The LPA, which has been staying in the region for more than a week now, caused landslides, flashfloods, heavy flooding and maritime incident in some provinces in Mindanao.

Issues with relief operations are growing due to the damaged major roads and bridges. But the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DPWH), together with the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGU), provided some relief goods worth P31.3 million.

According to the disaster council, the total damage to infrastructure and agriculture is already almost P13.8 million.

In the coastal areas of Cebu, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Maasin, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Masbate, 7,386 passengers were stranded since trips of vessels were canceled.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) canceled several flights from Manila to the provinces of Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Busuanga and Kalibo due to bad weather.

Flights from these provinces going to Manila were also canceled.

Canceled flights are as follows:
5J-767 MNL (Manila)-Surigao
5J-768 Surigao-MNL
2P-065 MNL-Surigao
2P-066 Surigao-MNL
2P-869 MNL-Cagayan de Oro
2P-870 Cagayan de Oro-MNL
2P-967 MNL-Butuan
2P-968 Butuan-MNL
5J-383 MNL-Cagayan de Oro
5J-384 Cagayan de Oro-MNL
5J-397 MNL-Cagayan de Oro
5J-398 Cagayan de Oro-MNL
5J-785 MNL-Butuan
5J-786 Butuan-MNL
2P-5967 MNL-Busuanga
2P-5968 Busuanga-MNL
5J-381 MNL-Cagayan de Oro
5J-382 Cagayan de Oro-MNL
Z2-304 MNL-Kalibo
Z2-305 Kalibo-MNL
2P-527 MNL-Cagayan de Oro
2P-528 Cagayan de Oro-MNL
5J-787 MNL-Butuan
5J-788 Butuan-MNL

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that the LPA entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday, January 10. It continues to produce rain in Mindanao area. The LPA, after staying in the country for a week, turned into a tropical depression on January 17.

Agaton slightly accelerated while moving southwestward. (Sunnex)

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