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DavNor experiences flooding due to shearline weather

DAVAO  DEL NORTE (PIA) -- Affected local government units with the provincial government of Davao del  Norte are still  catching up in providing immediate  relief assistance to flood affected families while rescue operations are going on as voluminous floodwater overflow from rivers and spreading towards provincial roads and national highways.

Governor Edwin I. Jubahib has lifted today , January 17, the suspension of classes in schools and work in government in  the midst of still  surging floodwaters flowing from upstream sources in nearby Davao de Oro.

Taking the same move of local chief executives of local government units (LGUs) in the province, Jubahib  started visiting evacuation centers last night, January 16, along with  the provincial response team to provide immediate relief assistance to the evacuees.

He also personally directed last night the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) to deploy the DavNor Emergency and Disaster Search and Rescue Team (DavNor EDSART) to transport motorists riding in single motorcycles who were stranded along the national highway at Sitio Patay in Barangay Cambanogoy in the Municipality of Asuncion.

Behind efforts to provide immediate relief assistance by LGUs of  affected cities and municipalities, other residents are in  need of rescue assistance.

Provincial Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib leads the delivery of immediate relief response to flood-affected families

Residents along the Mankilam dike in Tagum City were noted by PIA Davao  del Norte struggling against rapidly rising floodwaters that reached chest to neck-deep as of 10:00 a.m. today.

Suzette Polinar, 34 years old, and Jonabell Sebalda, 21 years old, both residents of Purok Banana, Brgy. Mankilam, Tagum City   were hopeful that rescue boats would come their way so they could fetch  their household valuables including appliances and clothing.

Aside from worrying about immediate food  assistance  and how to save household belongings, Polinar was also concerned about getting infected with leptospirosis.

Sebalda was hopeful that government agencies could immediately take a look at their situation in their area as other households in the neighborhood were suffering the same, especially those living near the Pagsabangan River. 

Meanwhile, teenage neighbors Rolando Mahinay and Vincent Concon of Purok Mangga, Lower La Union, Mankilam , Tagum City took the initiative to assemble a bamboo raft as they felt the need to evacuate to higher grounds.

They were thinking of  putting on board the  raft nine members of their families with four children, fetching one batch after the other. 

PIA Davao del Norte noted as of 10:15 a.m. today that the rescue teams of Tagum City Fire Office, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Davao del Norte and the DavNor PDRRMO were set to conduct rescue operation in Brgy. Mankilam communities which are heavily inundated with  with floodwaters from Pagsabangan and Libuganon rivers.

Family members were seen boarding  a self-made raft holding a rope while navigating through the floodwaters  to bring themselves and their belongings safely to higher grounds along the road.

While raining in Davao del Norte due to Shearline weather system is not letting up even past 5 p.m. today,   commuters and motorists are experiencing traffic congestion along the national highway in Brgy. Guadalupe, Municipality of Carmen as floodwaters rushed through the road at the approach of Governor Miranda Bridge, connecting Tagum City to Carmen.

The four-lane Governor Miranda Bridge serves as the major passage of all types of vehicles from Davao City to Tagum City and other north-bound areas of Davao Region.

PDRRMO  DavNor announced that  as of 1:00 p.m., the Guadalope highway (national road) traversing Brgy.  Guadulupe  in the municipality of Carmen, going to Tagum City is no longer passable  to light vehicles.

As of 3:00 p.m., floodwaters from upstream rivers were flowing through and spreading across the national highway along barangays Guadalupe to Tuganay in Carmen Davao del Norte.

On the other hand, PDRRMO has yet to  finalize its report on the number affected families and individuals as on-ground assessment is still ongoing. However, initial report provided to PIA Davao del Norte as of 9AM of January 17 showed that 57 barangays have been flooded affecting a total of 34,550 families composed of 155,450 individuals.  (JMDA/PIA Davao del Norte)

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Jeanevive Abangan

Deputy Regional Head

Region 11

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