By Priam Nepomuceno

SHEAR LINE FLOODS. A portion of an area in Barangay Don Aurelio Chicote in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental remains flooded amid heavy rains due to the shear line on Jan. 20, 2024. The NDRRMC said on Monday (Jan. 22) the effects of the shear line has left at least 16 people dead and affected over 152,000 families in the Davao and Caraga regions. (Photo courtesy of Governor Generoso Municipal Engineering Office)

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday said 16 persons were reported dead due to bad weather caused by the shear line that drenched a large part of the Davao and Caraga regions.

In its latest situation report, the disaster agency said 10 of these fatalities have so far been validated while five persons were injured.

Still undergoing confirmation are reports of another six dead also in Davao Region, the NDRRMC added.

Affected families so far are placed at 152,642 or 670,807 persons in 388 barangays in Davao and Caraga regions.

Of this number, 3,765 families are being sheltered in 50 active evacuation centers while 4,825 families or 18,172 persons are being served outside.

The Office of Civil Defense earlier said affected families include those displaced and those not needing transfer or removal from their residence.

Around 162 houses were reported damaged in Davao and Caraga regions as of this posting.

Agriculture damage was placed at PHP14.04 million in Caraga.

Infrastructure damage was estimated at PHP26.87 million in Davao region. (PNA)