Philippines – 20,000 Evacuate Floods in Davao Region

At least 1 person has died and 20,000 evacuated after flooding across Davao Region in the Philippines that began 26 January, 2019.

Disaster management authorities said flooding and landslide incidents in 58 barangays across the region had forced the evacuation of 4,116 families or 19,923 individuals.

According to Philippines News Agency (PNA) the worst affected areas are the municipalities of Kapalong, New Corella and Talaingod in Davao del Norte; Monkayo, Laak, Compostela, Montevista, New Bataan, Maco, Mawab and Nabunturan in Compostela Valley and Lasang and Bunawan in Davao City.

One person died in a landslide in Barangay Tapia, Montevista, Compostela Valley province.

Local media said that a second victim died in a separate landslide in the same area. One person was reported missing after being swept away by the flooding Handorumog River in Nabunturan on 25 January.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has forecast further rain for Mindanao Island which could lead to flash floods and landslides.

Flash Floods in Davao Oriental Province

Parts of the region saw flash flooding last week after days of rains in the eastern part of Davao Oriental Province, Davao Region, caused a seasonal creek to suddenly overflow.

The resulting flash floods left one person dead and washed out at least 50 houses in the town of Manay on 22 January, 2019. Around 750 families were displaced.

The rain also caused a landslide in Tarragona town and flooding in Caraga town.