Displaced Caraganons rise to 461,796; casualties, 64

By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––The number of victims displaced by rain-induced floods and landslides in Caraga has risen to 109,793 families or 461,796 people with 44,135 families or 205,850 people now occupying 376 evacuation centers around the region, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 13 reported.

Casualties also climbed to 64 people (dead – 31, missing – 4, injured – 29) due to landslide, river crossing, fishing and drowning. The 3l fatalities are from here, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands, while the 29 injured are from Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, the OCD-13 said.

Due to continuous rains, soil erosion or mild landslides occurred in 15 barangays here, namely, Anticala, Antongalon, Bitan-agan, Bonbon, Bugsukan, Bilay, Bit-os, Dulag, Manila de Bugabus, M.J. Santos, Pianing, Sumile, Taguibo, Tabontabon and Taligaman. No casualties were reported, however, the OCD said.

The Surigao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the cancellation of inter-island transportation to Dinagat Islands, Siargao Island and island barangays was lifted but access to the islands was still not regular due to storm surges which hampered the delivery of food supply. It said power outage was experienced Monday.

OCD-Caraga Director Liza R. Mazo said damage to lifelines like roads, bridges, water and power was estimated to reach P595,982,754.82. Agusan del Sur suffered the most with an estimated total damage of P550,249,004.82, followed by Surigao del Sur with damage to roads and bridges amounting to P39,290,000 and Surigao del Norte with P6,443,750 estimated road damage.

At the height of Typhoon Depression Agaton, the Agusan del Norte Emergency Response Team (ADNERT) assisted the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team in moving residents of flooded Barangays Mahogany, Baan and Buhangin here to the Provincial Covered Court where the evacuees are now housed.

As of press time, there were 18,612 families or 92,565 people from 73 barangays sheltered in 112 evacuation centers around the city.

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