Flashfloods hit 8,088 families in Surigao Norte

A total of 8,088 families or 34,242 individuals from 108 barangays were affected by the recent flashfloods brought about by the torrential rains that hit the entire province, an initial report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) revealed.

PDRRMC data further revealed that only 296 families were evacuated in the four evacuation centers located in their respective municipalities. Landslides were reported in the barangays of Laurel and Aurora in the municipality of Tagana-an and in barangay Banbanon, San Francisco.

Damages to agriculture and infrastructures are still in thorough estimation.

PDRRMC also reported one missing person from the municipality of San Francisco identified as Amado Basadre.

Meantime, to properly synchronize and fast track the rescue/disaster operations of the province, Gov. Sol Matugas ordered the creation of 5 zones which will be headed by the local mayor with corresponding provincial coordinator.

Zone 1(Surigao City) will be headed by City Mayor Erneseto Matugas with Manuel Kong as the provincial coordinator. San Francisco Mayor Simplicia Bacol will lead the Zone 2 (Malimono and San Francisco) with Human Resource Management and Development Officer Ramon Gotinga as her provincial counterpart. Zone 3 (Sison and Tagana-an) will be headed by Tagana-an Mayor Cesar Diaz with provincial agriculturist Gromyko Geraldino as the provincial coordinator.

For Zone 4 (Alegria, Mainit, and Tubod), Alegria Mayor Dominador Esma will lead the team with provincial rescue group head Dr. Panfilo Jorge Tremedal as the provincial coordinator. Zone 5 (Claver, Gigaquit, Bacuag and Placer) will be headed by Felimon Napuli with barangay affairs head Ronald Eupena as the provincial coordinator.

As of reporting time, the province is still under alert level two. Classes for the elementary and secondary levels are already suspended. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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