Death toll in Mindanao floods climbs to 9-A A +A
Thursday, January 24, 2013
THE number of fatalities due to the effects of the tail-end of a cold front increased to nine after incessant rains triggered floods in several areas in Mindanao earlier this week.
In its latest update on Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the two new casualties as Teresa Acar Jamero, 90, resident of Asuncion, Davao del Norte, and Jose del Campo, 79, from Tagum City in the same province.
Both victims died due to drowning.
Still missing are Ramon Ampong, 63, of Barangay Sumlon, Asuncion and Renante Finca and Gary Galicia residents of Mansalay Oriental Mindoro.
Six other people were also injured due to the effects of the tail-end of the cold front.
As of Thursday noon, the said weather system has affected 97,908 families or 466,850 people in nine provinces in the Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga regions. Some 106,794 individuals are inside evacuation centers.
On January 20, five people were injured when heavy rains triggered a landslide in Sitio Tonggo, Barangay Namut, Tudela, Misamis Oriental, the NDRRMC said.
Floods damaged 274 hectares of rice fields in Barangays Lower and Central Malamonte, Matalam, Cotabato, on January 21, affecting a total of 224 farmers.
The effects of the tail-end of the cold front have damaged a total of 278 houses in the affected regions while two bridges and six roads are currently not passable to all types of vehicles due to flooding.
As of Thursday, Barangays Kapalong Pagsabangan and Mankilam in Tagum City and some villages in Braulio E. Dujali and Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte are experiencing power blackouts.
Fifteen barangays in Davao City were placed under state of calamity on Tuesday.
The tail-end of the cold front caused damages to infrastructure, agriculture, and private properties worth P78.97 million, the NDRRMC said.
The said weather system has diffused and is now affecting Eastern Visayas, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
The agency added that the northern monsoon is affecting Luzon. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)