DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Mayor Sara Duterte has ordered the suspension of classes in kindergarten, elementary and high school on Monday as floods displaced some 30,000 residents.
[caption id="attachment_40889" align="alignleft" width="620"] Aerial photo shows the flooded area near Gem Village in Brgy. Maa, Davao City on Sunday, January 20. Photo Courtesy of Bong Go / Office of the Vice Mayor[/caption]
In Davao del Norte where a state of emergency has been declared, one person was reported missing.
The City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) said 7,438 families or 29,193 persons had evacuated as of 3 p.m. Sunday when the Davao River overflowed.
Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC), told a press briefing at 2 p.m. Sunday that 12 barangays in the city were flooded: Lasang, Tigatto, 19-A, Ma-a, Matina Crossing, 2-A, 5-A, 1-A, Calinan, 9-A, Waan and Tamugan.
Davao City has 182 barangays and a population of 1.44 million.
Eleven riverside houses made of light materials in Bankerohan were destroyed.
A total of 1,620 families or 6,981 individuals were rescued as of 5 p.m. in seven areas by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Central 911, Red Cross and other volunteer groups.
In Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Romulo Tagalo, Davao del Norte information officer, said Ramon Ampong, 63, of Barangay Sonlon, was declared missing. He was last seen trying to cross the Saug River.
Tagalo said some 8,000 persons from Sto. Tomas, Kapalong and Asuncion towns have evacuated. (Lorie Ann A. Cascaro/MindaNews)