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Flooding, minor landslides hit Davao Region due to LPA

January 12, 2019 - Saturday 4:01 PM by Ayan Mellejor

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DAVAO CITY – The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 11 is still monitoring the situation in the provinces affected by the flooding and landslides caused by the continuous rains the past two days.

In its latest situation report on Saturday, OCD-11 reported that yellow warning level was up on Saturday in Davao Region due to continuous light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Minimal landslide incidents occurred in the villages of Sibahay and Poblacion, Boston Municipality and minimal river flooding occurred in Mahan-ub, Baganga Municipality, all in Davao Oriental.

No casualties were reported in the incidents.

In Compostela Valley Province, flooding affected the Tamia Elementary School and Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School and some residential areas.

A landslide occurred in Purok 2, San Jose, Monkayo and Kilometer 26, Barangay Ngan, Compostela town.

There were also no reported casualties.

On Friday, the trough of the Low-Pressure Area (LPA) brought continued light to heavy rains in Davao Region, prompting local authorities to suspend classes and implement preemptive evacuation.

Leslie Francisco, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-11, said a preemptive evacuation was implemented for five families in the village of Abejod in Baganga.

Davao Oriental provincial information officer Karen Deloso said the evacuees from Abejod, Mainit, and Allegria in Cateel were already allowed to go home on Saturday.

Evacuees from Barangay San Miguel are still at the evacuation center since they were not yet given clearance to go home.

A total of 38 families in Cateel town were evacuated to designated evacuation centers on Friday night.

Deloso said the evacuees were composed of nine families from Barangay Abejod, one family in Barangay Mainit, 20 families in Barangay Alegria, and eight families in Sitio Tamoag and Calarian in Barangay San Miguel.

Deloso said Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has already ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to continue monitoring areas vulnerable to flooding and landslides.

Deloso said road clearing in areas hit by landslide is ongoing in Boston. A team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has cleared areas affected in Sibajay while the Provincial Engineering Office was tasked to clear areas in the town proper, both in Boston town.

Deloso said Governor Dayanghirang also ordered the close monitoring of the water level of the Aragon Dam in Cateel town which has reached alert level at 19.2 meters in mid-afternoon.