6 die in Misamis as several NorMin areas remain flooded - TrueID

6 die in Misamis as several NorMin areas remain flooded

Philippine News AgencyDecember 26, 2022

TEMPORARY REFUGE. Evacuees get carton sheets to make up for their temporary bedding at the Arturo S. Lugod Gymnasium in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental province on Monday (Dec. 26, 2022), after their houses were affected by flooding caused by "shear line" rains. The province of Misamis Occidental reported six casualties from landslides and drowning. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

BALINGOAN, Misamis Oriental – The province of Misamis Occidental recorded six casualties on Monday as flooding incidents continued to affect different parts of Northern Mindanao region, displacing more than 40,000 people.

The 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) and Oroquieta City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) conducted the latest retrieval operation in Purok 3, Barangay Mialen after the victims' house was buried in a landslide.

The fatalities were identified as Elenita Calamian, 43, and her father, Mario Sambiog, 70.

The landslide was caused by continuous rains since Dec. 24, which the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) refers to as "shear line" event.

Data from the Office of the Civil Defense-Region 10 (Northern Mindanao), and the Regional DRRM Council (RDRRMC-10) recorded four other deaths, two injured, and three missing in Misamis Occidental.

The provincial government, through the Provincial DRRMO (PDRRMO) has continued with its response operations to flooded towns where public infrastructure were damaged and houses were submerged in flood water.

Governor Henry Oaminal has activated supporting units in charge of relief operations for the families sheltered in evacuation centers, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

"Today's rainfall (Dec. 26) has slowed but the water flowing (downstream to lowlands) from the hinterlands is still strong," he said in a media briefing.

Oaminal said the PDRRMO and allied units are on the field for immediate response.

The RDRRMC-10 recorded 7,540 individuals, or 1,769 families evacuated in Misamis Occidental as of Monday.

Of the 11 LGUs affected, the town of Jimenez has the highest number of evacuees with 5,741 individuals or 1,327 families.

Meanwhile, in Misamis Oriental province, Gingoog City has the most number of evacuees among eight local government units (LGUs) affected by the flood, with 34,156 individuals, or 7,089 families.

In an interview, Gingoog City Mayor Erick Cañosa said their City DRRMO recorded damage worth more than PHP100 million.

"Initial estimated damages in fisheries are around PHP15 to PHP18 million; we had damaged crops amounting to PHP25 to PHP30 million," he said.

Cañosa also said infrastructure damage amounted to PHP50 to PHP75 million.

DSWD-10, in partnership with OCD-10, has initially distributed 6,600 food packs to affected families in Gingoog City.

The RDRRMC-10 also reported evacuees from LGUs in the provinces of Camiguin, Bukidnon, and Iligan City. (PNA)

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