BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains caused by the low-pressure area (LPA) and the tail-end of a frontal system have caused floods and landslides in many areas in the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) and Surigao City since Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.
In a statement, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Dinagat Islands said the weather systems “have significantly affected the province in terms of access to lifelines” as 20 major landslides along national and local roads occurred.
Soil erosions were also recorded in the mountainous areas in the province as well as flooding in low-lying areas, the PDRRMO added.
“Amidst these challenges under harsh weather conditions, we posted zero casualties. With this, Governor Kaka Bag-ao and the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands acknowledges the efforts of all DRRMCs, national line response agencies, law enforcement, and public health and safety workers, volunteer responders, private entities, and most of all, our communities for adhering to the precautionary measures implemented for the safety of the general population,” it said.
Based on the Rapid Damage Assessments and Needs Analysis (RDANAs) simultaneously conducted by all LGUs, a total of 558 families or 1,386 individuals in the province were directly affected by the landslides and floods and are now temporarily sheltered in different evacuation centers in the province.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Paragua Road that connects the towns of Libjo, Tubajon, and Basilisa is cleared and declared passable while clearing operations are still ongoing in the road sections in barangays Jacquez, Matingbe, and Don Ruben in San Jose town.
The PDRRMO also reported that 40 inbound passengers stranded due to the landslides were already fetched by their respective LGUs.
The stranded passengers were also provided with food by the provincial government, the report added.
“A fair weather condition is observed now in the province, however soils are still saturated and high-risk areas are still regulated for engagement. The Provincial DRRM Council still enjoins everyone to refrain from passing through critical road sections as some steep slopes are still moving. Prior to the demobilization of evacuees, all local DRRMCs are advised to initiate home area safety assessments,” the PDRRMO said.
In Surigao City, a total of 78 families or 315 individuals from Barangay Sabang in Surigao City were evacuated on Jan. 12 due to floods.
The affected families are sheltered temporarily at the Surigao City National High School, said Mayor Ernesto Matugas Jr., who visited the evacuation center Wednesday to assess the situation of the affected families.
Matugas said the local government has provided the food and other needs of the evacuees. (PNA)