Butuan City placed under state of calamity due to floods; 6,090 families housed in evacuation centers

BUTUAN CITY-- This city was declared under a state of calamity on Tuesday due to the massive floods caused by inclement weather during the past few days.

An information released from the Butuan City Public Information Office stated that in a session this afternoon, the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Butuan chaired by Butuan City Vice Mayor Jose Aquino II approved the recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) on Monday to declare Butuan City under a "state of calamity" as the number of temporarily displaced families and flood-affected barangays continued to rise.

Continuous light to moderate rains brought about by twin weather disturbances -- a trough of a low pressure area (TLPA) and tail-end of a cold front (TECF) affecting Butuan City and Caraga region have caused the waters of Agusan River to stay marked at the critical level.

Latest data from the Butuan City Public Information Office (as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 31) stated that the water of Agusan River was still at Code Red Flood Alert 3 with the elevation at 3.20 meters in low tide.

Residents in barangays along the river banks and its tributaries were advised to evacuate to the nearest evacuation centers immediately.

According to the city PIO, distribution of food items is ongoing to the evacuated families which number has swelled to 6,090 families from the 31 presently affected barangays.

The evacuees were temporarily housed in several schools and barangay covered courts.

The 31 inundated barangays included Agao, Agusan Pequeno, Amparo, Aupagan, Baan Km. 3, Baan Riverside, Bading, Banza, Baobaon, Bobon, Bilay, Buhangin, Dankias, Florida, Golden Ribbon, Humabon, Limaha, Mahay, Mahogany, Mandamo, Maug, Maguinda, Maon, Obrero, Pangabugan, Port Poyohon, San Ignacio, San Vicente, Sto. Nino, Tagabaca and Tungao.

City health office personnel are on post at major evacuation centers to assist and respond to the health concerns of the evacuees.

As per Proclamation No. 6, classes in all levels were suspended today (Tuesday, January 31) both in private and public schools in the entire city.

The City PIO also passed its emergency numbers for accessibility: 815 2607 (PLDT/Philcom); 0921 768 7287 (Smart/TnT); 145.630 (Radio Frequency OPCEN) and 342 2696 (PIO). (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency