Via Manila Bulletin, a January 20 report: ‘Agaton’ brings more woes. Excerpt:
Mindanao faces more heavy rains, flooding and landslides as Tropical Depression “Agaton” continues to take an erratic track towards the southern part of the island, threatening anew to make a landfall in Davao Oriental within 36 to 48 hours, weather forecasters said yesterday.
The number of fatalities from the first calamity to hit the country this year increased to 40 as of yesterday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
“Agaton,” formerly a low pressure area (LPA), has affected 123,444 families or 587,115 people in 635 villages of 15 provinces in Regions 10, 11, Caraga, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the NDRRMC said.
It said 33,388 families, or 161,808 people, are still temporarily taking shelter in 436 evacuation centers in parts of Mindanao that have been experiencing heavy rains over the past days.
The agency also reported 14 cases of landslide and six flooding incidents in Mindanao, and two maritime incidents in the Visayas.