Caraga region feared of flashfloods, landslides due to continuous rains

After celebrating the new year where reports from PNP revealed that the whole region welcomed 2011 generally peaceful, continuous rainfall feared officials and residents in northern part of Caraga Region particularly the province of Surigao del Norte.

According to report, the city of Surigao and its neighboring municipalities are experiencing moderate to heavy rains since Saturday (January 1) evening due to the tail-end of a cold front. Surigao City has also experienced a power failure this morning. People living near the low-lying areas are alerted for a possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides.

As of 12 noon today, low-lying areas in Brgy. San Juan, Kaskag in Brgy. Washington, Brgy. Luna and portions of Brgy. Canlanipa in Surigao del Norte are reportedly engulfed with water. However, reports reaching PIA said that there is no advisory yet from the local government unit for evacuation. Also, the local water district here has temporarily shut-off the water supply.

Surigao City Quick Action Response Team (QART) reported that some families in Sitio Kinabutan, Brgy. Rizal were trapped due to heavy flooding in the area. However, rescue units were already dispatched. QART also reported an on-going evacuation in Sitio Cayutan in Brgy. Cagniog and Purok Kalipayan in Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City. The city government in Surigao assured Surigaonons that the are on top of the situation and constant monitoring is on-going.

As of 3 pm, Surigao City is still experiencing heavy rains. More reports on floodings are expected this evening as high tide is set at 1.7 meter this 9:25 pm.

In related development, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga has advised the people living in the areas vulnerable to landslides to be vigilant. In a radio announcement today, MGB-13 information officer Genivive Chua said with the continuous rains currently experiencing the whole province, people living the low-lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to take precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.

Moreover, Tubajon, Dinagat Island Mayor Romeo Constantino Vargas said precautionary measures were already made in his area of responsibility. In a report of Dinagat Islands public information officer, Rosario Roxas said that the chief executive personally visited the areas prone to flashfloods. Reports revealed that as of press time, Tubajon is well and okay.

Also, Roxas said the town of Libjo under Mayor Maria Fe Llamera has also made preventive measures. Llamera, as reported by Roxas said canals and drainage systems were already cleared to facilitate free flowing of water. As of press time, no report of damaged properties in the area.

In Agusan del Sur, after a fair weather on new year’s day, heavy and moderate rainfall continued this morning without any sign that sun will show today. Main streets in San Francisco town are now flooded. Rivers tributary to Agusan river are now starting to rise, threatening to bring floods to low-lying areas near the Agusan Marsh.

The rain stopped falling at around 3 pm in some parts of the province. Rain clouds in the sky are no longer heavy unlike this morning, but the Provincial Disaster Response Team have been convened and ordered on alert by Roberto Natividad, Provincial disaster Management Officer. No report of any damages yet as of press time.

Meanwhile, Tago river in Surigao del Sur rise almost on its peak level as of 2 pm today due to the continues pouring of rains since Saturday. It was learned that people are now preparing for possible flood anytime from now affecting some barangays in San Miguel and Tago municipalities.

In the region’s capital city, as early as 3:30 this morning, rain fell moderately in the entire city of Butuan until at present causing some of the low-lying streets in the downtown area get flooded. However, this seems to be normal here that whenever continuous rain falls the whole day some of the city streets easily gets flooded. (PIA-Caraga with reports from PIA Provincial Information Centers)

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