Tagum City – Tropical Storm Seniang on Sunday lashed the entire Southern Mindanao region triggering land slides in some areas in Compostela Valley province and swelling of rivers in Davao del Norte.
Raul Villocino, disaster officer of Comval’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, reported that 19 houses were damaged because of land slides while more than 12 families have been evacuated to safer grounds.
He added that 35 families in Nabunturan and Compostela towns have fled to an evacuation center.
In Monkayo town, a landslide hit Sitio Bosquit in San Jose around 2 a.m. Sunday, which forcibly evacuated 15 families and displaced 17 other families.
In Davao del Norte, as of Monday morning, local disaster units have evacuated 38 families from Purok 1 and Purok 2 of Barangay Mesaoy in New Corella town as Saug river swelled.
The river at Mahayahay Bridge in Asuncion town is in “critical level” with its current water level of 14.46 meters, which disaster units claimed “may spill water anytime before noon Monday and may cause severe flooding in the areas.”
Barangay Sagayen in Asuncion town was flooded already as river waters from Saug river had swelled past 8 p.m. Sunday which prompted authorities to conduct a preemptive evacuation, said Sofonias Gabonada of Davao Norte’s Provincial Information Office.
Tropical Storm Seniang has made landfall at Barangay Bakulin in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur Mondaymorning with a maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. (davaotoday.com)