Via the Manila Bulletin: 800,000 in Mindanao affected by ‘Agaton’. Excerpt:
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday said 27 areas in Mindanao have been placed under a state of calamity as heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in southern Philippines.
More than 800,000 people have been affected by tropical depression “Agaton” which has now weakened to a low-pressure area (LPA).
Weathermen said the LPA over Mindanao continued to threaten Eastern Visayas, still reeling from the devastation inflicted by super howler Yolanda in November, with flash floods and landslides.
Latest bulletin released by the NDRRMC indicated Agusan del Norte is now included in the list of areas under a state of calamity due to massive flooding and landslides that have killed more than 40 people in different parts of Mindanao.
Other areas under state of calamity are the province of Lanao Del Norte, Iligan City, Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella, and Tagum City – all in Davao del Norte; Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston – all in Davao Oriental;
Sta. Josefa, Sibagat, Bunawan, San Francisco, Esperanza, Veruela, Trento, and Rosario in Agusan del Sur; Butuan City; and Lianga, Tago, San Miguel, and Bislig in Surigao del Sur.
By sundown yesterday, the NDRRMC said 739 houses were totally destroyed, while 1,278 others were partially damaged due to unabated floods and landslides that left eight people still missing.
The NDRRMC said of the 168,492 families or 809,686 people affected in 804 villages in 15 provinces in Mindanao, 43,417 families or 203,022 persons were displaced and housed inside 565 evacuation centers.