16,000 displaced in Agusan Sur floods

Zacarias Gales, 33, a resident of Barangay Pisaan in San Francisco town, was reportedly last seen Tuesday while crossing the National Irrigation Administration dam in Barangay Alegria, some 8 kilometers from San Francisco.

Robert Natividad, head of the search and rescue team of Agusan del Sur, said their team has started looking for the victim.

Reports from the Agusan del Sur Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council said around 16,267 people comprising 2,546 families were forced to seek higher grounds when the Agusan River overflowed in the towns of San Francisco, Prosperidad, La Paz, Veruela, Bunawan, Esperanza and Santa Josefa.

Pauline Jaranillo, Esperanza's municipal administrator, said as of  Tuesday morning at least 27 low-lying barangays were already flooded. She added that 5 of the 27 barangays along the Agusan River were submerged in flood water. 

In Santa Josefa, at least eight barangays were affected by rising flood waters, displacing at least 400 people. The evacuees are now temporarily being housed at Tapaz Elementary School.

The report said some 906 families were also affected by the floods in the capital town of Prosperidad.

Ferdinand Perez, chief of the Provincial Information Office, said the provincial government has already distributed food and medicines in afftected towns. (Alden Pantaleon / MindaNews)