424 families in Davao Region evacuate amid Auring

424 families in Davao Region evacuate amid Auring
Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office continues to monitor coastal barangays in the city who have reported experiencing rough seas as of Saturday afternoon due to Tropical Storm ‘Auring.’ (Photo courtesy of Mati CIO)

DAVAO CITY – Tropical Storm ‘Auring’ had forced the evacuation of 424 families consisting of 1,558 residents in Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental due to flooding caused by heavy rains.

The provincial governments have conducted preemptive evacuation of the affected residents in five municipalities and 13 barangays in the two provinces.

In a report from Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) 11, as of February 20, the affected residents who are living in areas prone to landslides, storm surge, and floods are now temporarily staying in 15 designated evacuation centers in six local government units.

RDRRMC reported that two municipalities in Davao de Oro, Mawab and New Bataan with 377 families or 1,483 individuals have been evacuated to safer places. While three municipalities in Davao Oriental, Banaybanay, Caraga, and Mati City with 47 families or 75 individuals living near beach fronts also evacuated.

Meantime, Office of Civil Defense (OCD)11steps up close monitoring and coordination with respective provincial and city operations centers for any possible augmentation of the response teams.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, had already issued a memorandum for the activation of Quick Response Team for possible deployment and augmentation to disaster response.

They also conducted profiling and assisted the families, and provided them with temporary shelters. All Municipal Social Workers and Development Offices are now manning the evacuation centers.

The Department of Health is also in close coordination with all Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for possible augmentation of logistics.

The Philippine Coastguard already issued public advisory on the temporary suspension of all sea travels in the provinces of Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, and Davao City due to TS Auring.

Its 11 a.m. February 21 weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte are still experiencing Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 with 30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours.