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NDRRMC: Nearly 17,000 people affected by ‘Caloy’

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said nearly 17,000 people were affected by the low pressure area (LPA) that has intensified into a tropical depression named “Caloy”.

“Caloy” has also caused flooding in 11 villages in Davao Del Norte and Compostela Valley province.

As of 8:00 a.m. Friday, the NDRRMC said a total of 3,387 families or 16,935 people from barangays Sagayen, Buclad, Cabaywa, Cambanogoy, Canatan, Doña Andrea, Sta. Filomena, Camansa, and Napungas in Asuncion, Davao Del Norte; and Barangay Magsaysay in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley were affected by the floods.

Of the total affected population, the NDRRMC said 330 families or 1,650 people were forced to flee their homes.

More than 1,500 of the displaced residents from Barangays Doña Andrea, Sta. Filomena, and Cabaywa in Asuncion town, Davao Del Norte have relocated either along the highway or with their relatives.

A total of 100 residents from Barangay Magsaysay in Nabunturan town, on the other hand, are temporarily sheltered at the barangay hall and at the Magsaysay Elementary School.

Information from the NDRRMC operations center at Camp Aguinaldo showed flooding in the affected areas started on March 19 at around 9:30 a.m., or even before the LPA has intensified into a tropical depression.

Continuous rains brought by the LPA reportedly caused the water level of Saug river in Asuncion and Manat river in Nabunturan to rise.