104,000 ‘Agaton’ victims return home
BUTUAN CITY – More than 23,000 families or 104, 892 people who were victims of severe flooding brought by the Low Pressure Area (LPA) which turned into tropical depression ‘Agaton’ had already returned home.
However, in its Situational Report No. 31 on Monday, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-13) stated that at least 23,060 families or 110,264 people are still in 242 evacuation centers in the 5 provinces and 6 cities in Caraga region because some barangays are still flooded.
The OCD-13 report also stated that relief and rehabilitation operations are still ongoing.
The rehabilitation effort focused on flood victims whose 688 houses were damaged due to severe flooding and landslides at various areas in the region the past two weeks.
To date, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) already extended a total of P17.948 million worth of relief goods.
In Caraga region alone, 32 were reported dead, 29 were injured, and four are still missing.
The cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure rose to nearly P1billion.
As of press time, five barangays in Jabonga town in Agusan del Norte are still suffering almost 10-feet deep of overflowed waters of Lake Mainit. (Mike Crismundo)