• Floods in Mindanao leave P155 million in crop damage


    TOPSHOTSA resident wades through flood waters next to submerged houses after heavy rains at a village in Butuan City, Agusan del norte province on the southern island of Mindanao on January 17, 2014. AFP Photo

    THE floods and landslides that killed 37 people in Mindanao also damaged crops worth P155 million, according to disaster officials.

    Damage to infrastructure was initially pegged at P101 million.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said that floods triggered by Tropical Depression Agaton also injured 67 people, and seven others remain missing.

    Nearly 10,000 travelers were stranded on Saturday in various ports in the provinces of Cebu, Catbalogan, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Masbate.

    Floods also affected more than 97,705 families or 466,911 people who were forced to flee their homes in 564 villages in Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga regions.
    Agaton maintained its strength and continued to move slowly towards the Surigao provinces, according to the weather bureau.

    Nine provinces in Visayas and Mindanao are under public storm warning signal no. 1.
    Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that the presence of two high-pressure areas off the Pacific Ocean prevented Agaton from moving faster.

    She said that public storm warning signal no. 1 was raised over Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

    A number of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were also cancelled Saturday, including Cebu Pacific flights going to Caticlan, Surigao and Butuan.

    With Benjie L. Vergara


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