By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Continuous rains brought about by the trough of a low pressure area (LPA) since last week have brought floods in parts of Bayugan City and six municipalities in this landlocked province of Agusan del Sur in Northeastern Mindanao.
Field report reaching the regional social action and monitoring center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here stated that the flash floods were reported in some parts of the municipalities of Bunawan, Sta. Josefa, San Francisco, Trento, La Paz and the province’s capital town of Prosperidad.
Some areas in Bayugan City and Barangay Sta. Irene, Prosperidad town also encountered landslides but no reported casualty.
A total of 376 families or 1,381 individuals have been evacuated due to flooding in Bayugan and these towns.
Monitoring and validation are being undertaken by the Social Welfares’ Quick Response Team (QRT) in Agusan del Sur.
Two houses were reported totally damaged in Barangay Katipunan, in Veruela town due to rampaging flash floods. The families affected were reportedly able to evacuate to their relatives’ homes.
In her Update Report No. 4 to DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Caraga Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim said the agency was closely monitoring the condition of evacuees to determine the amount of assistance that would be coursed through the local government units (LGUs).
Nevertheless, family food packs were already provided by the LGU of Sta. Josefa to the affected families temporarily evacuated at Aurora Covered Court of that same town.
Non-food items such as blankets, family kits, hygiene kits, kitchen kits, laminated blue sacks (sakoline), malong, mosquito nets and plastic mats are also ready for distribution to evacuees, Director Lim said.
“Social Welfare teams are already activated in the regional and field offices of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to provide immediate assistance to LGUs for the needs of their respective constituents affected by the LPA,” Lim said.
She added that the agency’s Field Office (FO) has 16,719 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to P6,104,106.90 already available while a total of 8,094 FFPs amounting to P2,955,119.40 are prepositioned in FO’s rented warehouses in geographically hard to reach areas.