9 dead, 37,000 displaced as ‘Basyang’ slams Caraga

 

 

The death toll in Caraga region from floods and slides spawned by Typhoon Basyang had risen to nine, officials said.

Surigao del Sur suffered the most number of deaths at 5, followed by Surigao del Norte at 4.

The casualties from Surigao del Sur were identified as Villamora Ombat, 55, Irene Benquillo, 25, AJ Benquillo 5, MJ Benquillo,3 and Jay Panaya Conjurado,10, who  died following a landslide in Carrascal town early Tuesdsay morning.

The Surigao del Norte disaster risk reduction and management office said four victims were killed in floods that hit the province- two in Placer town while one died in each of the towns of Malimono and Alegria.

Basyang first made landfall in Cortes, also in Surigao del Sur Tuesday morning.

The typhoon evacuated 8,968 families or 37,376 individuals in various parts of Caraga, the regional monitoring and action center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Caraga) on Wednesday reported.

These affected families are currently sheltered at 149 evacuation centers as intermittent rains still affect different parts of the region, said DSWD-13 regional director Mita Chuchi G. Lim.

Lim said a total of 64 totally damaged houses in various parts of the region, some of them were washed out by rampaging flash floods while 275 partially damaged houses as of this reporting time.

The displaced families continue to receive food assistance and other immediate needs from the government, Lim said.

“Relief operations went into high gear at different evacuation centers spread all over Caraga region,” she said

Deployment of more family food packs (FFPs) is still ongoing as augmentation support to affected different LGUs in the region.

Basyang cancelled dozens of domestic flights and sea trips due to inclement weather. It also suspended classes in the cities of Butuan, Surigao, Bislig and Tandag.

The typhoon dumped heavy rains, damaging roads and bridges and toppled power and communication lines in the provinces of Dinagat, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands , Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte. By GD and CLC Photo courtesy of Terti Aybee

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