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DavNor most affected by flood, OCD XI chief says

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) -- The province of Davao del Norte has  the most number of individuals and families affected by the trough of the low pressure  area (LPA) due to the heavy rainfall from January 30 to February 1. 

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI Regional Director Ednar Dayanghirang, during the   the Kapihan sa PIA at NCCC Davao on February 2, explained the vulnerability of Davao del Norte to  massive flooding.

While  the OCD XI has yet to come up with  the final data on the total value of  damages to infrastructure and crops, he cited the significant number of families and individuals who had been affected by the massive flooding.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI Regional Director Ednar G. Dayanghirang, during the Kapihan sa PIA at NCCC Davao, briefs the Davao City media about the recent trough of LPA that adversely affected some areas in Davao Region.

“I think it is important to note the affected population,” he said.

As of  the conduct of Kapihan, OCD XI recorded a total of 278,072 affected individuals from 72,000 affected families living in 262 affected  barangays nationwide, based on reports from the Provincial Disaster Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (PDRRMOs).

Individuals who have sought shelter from 183 evacuation centers regionwide, totaled 44,720 from 12,978 affected families. Those outside the evacuation centers totaled 11,836 who consisted the 6,428 affected families.

Ranking the provincial data of affected families in rounded off figures, Dayanghirang said that  Davao del Norte posted the  highest with 34,000; Davao Oriental, 23,000; Davao de Oro, 12,000; and Davao City 8,000 with incorporated data not yet officially transmitted to OCD XI.

Dayanghirang  explained that the province of Davao del Norte has vast plain lands at the downstream of rivers originating from various areas, hence many were affected by the flooding.

The continuous raining  in the neighboring areas of Davao de Oro and Davao City usually turns into flooding in Davao del Norte as courses of upland rivers, empty into the province.

“Three days after, wala nay baha sa  ubang lugar, si Davao del Norte particular, diri ang Carmen area, ang maga problema just like today (Feb. 2),” he was referring to  the unpassable stretch of the national highway along barangays Tuganay and Guadalupe to the approach of the Governor Miranda Bridge that connects Tagum City to  the Municipality of Carmen due to widespread spilling over of flood water from Tagum Liboganon River.

On the other hand, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin I. Jubahib in the morning of Feb. 2 conducted an online Provincial Development Council (PDC) executive meeting, during which he said a total of 65,045 families were affected with 303,503 total victim individuals in 70 affected families.

Based on  the Progress Report of Davao del Norte PDRRMO, flood affected local government units are  the municipalities of Carmen, Braulio E. Dujali, New Corella, Kapalong, Santo Tomas,  and the cities of Tagum, Panabo and the Island Garden City of Samal.

Jubahib reported that  landslides occurred in  the municipalities of San Isidro and Talaingod as a result of continuous raining.  (JMDA/PIA Davao del Norte)

Davao del Norte Emergency & Disaster Search and Rescue Team conducts rescue operation as LGUs call for reinforcement . (Photo from PDRRMO DavNor)

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Jeanevive Abangan

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