By MB Online
The Caraga region is now on red alert status as many areas in the region were inundated on Thursday, January 19, after being pounded by heavy rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front.
Reports from and pictures shared by the Philippine Information Agency showed floods in parts of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.
As many as 39 barangays in Agusan del Sur towns of La Paz, Bunawan, Talacogon, Loreto, San Luis, and Veruela were flooded, 23 of which are heavily flooded.
Thousands of residents have already been evacuated.
Preemptive evacuation orders were also implemented in the towns of Tubay and Remedios T. Romualdez as well as Butuan and Cabadbaran cities in Agusan del Norte.
The rains have reportedly caused the water level at the Agusan River to rise at 2.90 meters as of 4:00 p.m. Kalinawan River, meanwhile, reached 4.5 meters.
Classes have been suspended in Agusan del Norte for the rest of the day, while the Agusan del Sur government has cancelled classes in all levels for Friday, January 20.
PAGASA earlier issued a red rainfall warning all over Camiguin, Bukidnon,Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte, warning of heavy rainfall that is expected to trigger flash floods and landslides.
The Department of Health-Caraga is currently on White Alert status. All provincial health offices are activated while all hospital staff in the area are on standby for augmentation and deployment as the need arises for additional medical and social services, while DSWD Caraga has prepositioned 1,500 relief packs at San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, according to PIA Caraga.
Large parts of Mindanao have been drenched by heavy rains in the past days. On Monday, floods triggered by heavy rains inundated northern Mindanao, with Cagayan de Oro City placed under state of calamity.