Floods hit Agusan del Sur

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2011 11:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2011 07:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Residents of 3 towns and a city in Agusan del Sur are being evacuated Monday night because of floods.

ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao's Primy Cane said the mayor of Bayugan City has ordered a forced evacuation of villagers in barangay Tanglawan because of rising floodwaters.

Some residents, however, are resisting police.

Floods also hit Rosario town, as well as Bahbah in the municipality of Prosperidad.

State weather bureau PAGASA said areas in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur are also flooded.

Over 100 families have been evacuated from 3 barangays in the town.

Agusan del Sur provincial government said it is prepared for massive flooding, with rubber boats and quick response teams ready at each municipality.

Floods have also hit parts of Barobo and Brgy Bigaan of Hinatuan, Surigao del Surm according to PAGASA.

In a weather advisory issued 8 p.m., the weather bureau said rains in the southern Philippines are caused by a low pressure area southwest of Cotabato City.

The tail-end of a cold front is also affecting the Visayas, it added.

The weather bureau said the 2 weather systems will cause rains over Cebu, Bohol, Negros Provinces, Camiguin, and the eastern section of Mindanao especially Surigao provinces, Misamis provinces, Agusan provinces, Davao provinces including Compostela Valley.

The rains may trigger flashfloods and landslides, it added.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has issued flood advisories for Regions 6 to 13 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao because of moderate to heavy rains in the areas.

PAGASA said for the past 6 hours, heavy rains were observed in eastern Mindanao especially in San Francisco in Agusan Del Sur, Hinatuan, and Surigao City.

"Residents living along the river banks and low lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to be alert for floodings and landslides. The disaster coordinating councils are advised to take necessary and appropriate actions," it said.

A Google crisis map on the Sendong disaster has predicted floods in parts of Mindanao and the Visayas because of heavy rains in the regions. - with reports from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao