Over 1,000 families temporarily displaced in Butuan City, 3,000 in Caraga by TD ‘Auring’

Tropical Depression "Auring" left over a thousand families temporarily displaced in Butuan City and over 3,000 in Caraga region due to floods and landslides, before leaving and moving towards the Visayas area.

According to the data released by the Butuan City Disaster Monitoring Report for TD "Auring", as of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, a total of 1,207 families from the 13 city affected barangays namely Buhangin, Bobon, Baan Riverside, Aagao, Obrero, Pangabugan, Golden Ribbon, Maon, Port Poyohon and Baan Km. 3, were evacuated to several schools and barangay covered courts.

This was due to flooding and landslides caused by continuous light to moderate rains for some days even before the landfall of TD "Auring".

According to Paolo Gogo, City Information Officer in an interview at the City Operations Center at noontime, food items were distributed and hot meals were served to the affected families.

Gogo also said that as of 12:00 p.m. today, the water level of Agusan River had reached 2.26 meters. Patrol boats were dispatched for preemptive evacuation and response when necessary. However, families from some of the evacuation centers are expected to go back to their respective homes as weather condition has shown some improvements starting Monday afternoon.

Gogo also said that the following roads were reported to be affected by TD "Auring": Barangay Sumile, Purok 1 (1 meter soil erosion); Brgy. Anticala, Purok 4 (stone obstruction), Purok Tagkiling of the same barangay (Landslide), Sitio Iyao of the same barangay (Landslide); Sito Tag-anahaw, Brgy. Tungao (Landsilde); Lemon Pigdaulan Road, not passable by light vehicles; Junction Tiniwisan-Lemon-Pigdaulan New Road-Ricefields already flooded and Aupagan Road is also not passable.

Motorists are advised to still take necessary precautions as street and flash flooding might occur along with landslides and landslips.

Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada signed this afternoon Proclamation No. 2, stating that classes at all levels will resume tomorrow, January 10.

In Caraga region, 3,493 families or 14,491 individuals were displaced, affecting 30 local government units (towns and cities), 72 barangays and were housed at the 76 various evacuation centers, according to the data from the Office of the Civil Defense (Caraga).

OCD assured, however, that the displaced families are properly provided with the necessary care and services by the concerned agencies.

Assessments of damages to infrastructures, agriculture, telecommunications and others are now being conducted.

Source: Philippines News Agency