By Che Palicte

SUBMERGED. Flood waters submerge on Friday (Feb. 2, 2024) the main thoroughfares of Monkayo, Davao de Oro due to heavy rains brought by the trough of a low-pressure area in the past few days. Around 111 barangays with 13,771 families were directly affected by floods and landslides in the province. (Photo courtesy of Ernz)

DAVAO CITY – Deaths caused by floods and landslides in Davao de Oro climbed to six with seven injured and one missing as of Friday, data from the Davao de Oro Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said.

The PDRRMO identified the fatalities as Mimai Pagantupan, from Andap, New Bataan, who died from drowning; and Jerlyn Lada, Virginia Buhian, and Andoy Ananias, all from Maragusan town and were victims of landslides.

The two other fatalities were Marcilla Bantasan, from Compostela town who slipped and drowned in the river; and Junjun Romagos, from New Bataan who also died in a landslide.

Latest data showed that some 111 barangays in the province are affected by the heavy rains brought by the trough of a low-pressure area.

Around 13,771 families or 49,921 persons were also directly affected by floods and landslides.

Last month, the entire province of Davao de Oro was placed under a state of calamity due to landslides and floods triggered by a shear line affecting around 200,000 persons.

In a press briefing Friday, Ednar Dayanghirang, Office of the Civil Defense in the Davao Region (OCD-11) director, said the region is in a bad situation particularly those living in Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, and Davao City.

“It is good to note that despite the difficult situation, the threat of flooding and landslides if you notice deaths, affected population, and physical injuries are minimal compared to previous years,” he said.

As of Friday, Dayanghirang said around 278,072 families in 262 barangays were displaced in the Davao region.

Of the number of families affected, 12,978 are currently at 183 evacuation centers in the region, he said. (PNA)