Thousands still in evacuation centers in Visayas, Mindanao as floods subside

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2017 02:40 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2017 04:04 PM

Evacuees carry relief goods in Barangay Panaytayon, Remedios T.Romualdez, Agusan del Norte. Photo by May Diez, ABS-CBN News

Over 17,000 people remained in evacuation centers across Visayas and Mindanao even as flood waters began to subside, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

Spokesperson Mina Marasigan on Saturday said evacuees were spread across regions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and the Negros Island Region.

Evacuees were in immediate need of basic supplies such as food, drinking water, clothes and blankets, according to Marasigan.

She added that some evacuees in the Caraga region started to return to their homes as weather conditions were seen to be improving.

Flooding in the areas of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental also subsided with some evacuees returning home.

"Tuloy ang ating pagbibigay ng ayuda sa ating mga kababayan sa pangunguna ng ating lokal na pamahalaan at local Social Welfare and Development [office]." Marasigan said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government also reported 18 casualties related to torrential rains. However, Marasigan said they only verified 2 accounts as of Saturday morning.

Last Friday, the town of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte was placed under a state of calamity with more than 70 percent of residents affected and most evacuees unable to go home due to knee-deep floods.

A total of 257 families or 1,252 individuals are still in evacuation centers in Jabonga.

Jabonga Mayor Jasmin Monton said they will prioritize giving assistance to affected farmers since damage to agriculture has been recorded at over P3 million already.

Meanwhile, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao was still suffering from knee-deep floods on Saturday, prompting officials to place the municipality under a state of calamity with 6,200 families affected.

Several cities in Visayas and Mindanao suffered flooding and landslides due to continuous rains caused by the tail end of a cold front. -- with reports from Jasper Acosta, Richmond Hinayon, and Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN News