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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Philippines-800,000 People in Mindanao Affected by Typhoon Agaton

The portion of the Davao Butuan National Highway in Sibagat town, Agusan del Sur lies in ruins after new landslides struck the area amid heavy rains due to a lingering Low Pressure Area. Latest bulletin released by the NDRRMC indicated Agusan del Norte is now included in the list of areas under a state of calamity due to massive flooding and landslides that have killed more than 40 people in different parts of Mindanao. Other areas under a state of calamity are the Province of Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella and Tagum City-all in Davao del Norte; Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel and Boston-all in Davao Oriental; Sta. Josefa, Sibagat, Bunawan, San Francisco, Esperanza, Veruela, Trento and Rosario in Agusan del Sur, Butuan City and Lianga, Tago, San Miguel and Bislig in Surigao del Sur. By sundown yesterday, the NDRRMC said 739 houses were totally destroyed, while 1,278 others were partially damaged due to unabated floods and landslides that left 8 people still missing. The NDRRMC said of 168,492 families or 809,686 people affected in 804 villages in 15 provinces in Mindanao, 43,417 families or 203,022 persons were displaced and housed inside 565 evacuation centers. Weatherman said the LPA off the waters of Mindanao has a 50-50 chance of re-intensification as it remains almost stationary over the Philippine Sea. The LPA was at 465 Kms East of Davao City by noon Tuesday. PAG-ASA has been keeping track of the LPA's movement since almost 2 weeks ago. The weather disturbance has been dumping rains since Jan. 10, 2014 moving up and down across the Visayas and Mindanao. It intensifies into a Tropical Depression last Jan. 17, 2014 but weakened into an LPA last Jan. 20 ,2014. PAG-ASA warned residents in the areas against possible Flash Floods and Landslides. Meanwhile, light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. Strong to gale force North Easterly surface wind flow associated with the surge of the North East Monsoon is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Carag region.       
 
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