1 missing, 30 families evacuated in Davao Norte due to LPA rains

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jan. 3, 2012

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

One person remains missing and some 30 families in Kapalong town have evacuated to safer grounds following continuous rains since Wednesday morning in Davao del Norte.

Davao del Norte disaster management officer Sonio Sanchez reported Thursday morning that they would continue their search and rescue operation for the missing person in Kapalong after they were hindered the other night due to the hazard of rising water of Saug River and darkness.

He said that the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council had alerted five flood-prone areas as municipal and city disaster management councils were activated when they monitored on the ground that various rivers were swelling with flood waters following continuous rains that started on the New Year’s Day.

Alerted were the municipalities of Talaingod, Kapalong, Asuncion, Santo Tomas and Tagum City. The PDRRMC recommended on Thursday morning a preemptive evacuation of people especially those in downstream communities in Tagum, Sto. Tomas and Carmen, where the big Libuganon River flows.

The rains in the province were brought in by the low pressure area (LPA) earlier spotted southeast of Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Based on the 5 a.m. Thursday bulletin of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted in the vicinity of Sta. Josefa, Agusan Del Sur.

The LPA was forecast to move towards the Zamboanga Peninsula on Thursday and head towards Northern Borneo by Friday. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

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