Heavy rain caused by the tail-end of a cold front and low pressure area has caused deadly floods in Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Over 13,000 people have been displaced from their homes.
Philippines News Agency (PNA) reports that at least 4 people have died in the floods in Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, one of the worst hit areas. Local media say that the death toll is higher, with flood related fatalities reported in other areas of the province.
The city council declared Cagayan de Oro under a state of calamity in the early hours of Tuesday, 17 January. Schools have been suspended in the area.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports that, as of late 17 January (local time) flooding had affected 15,283 people from 3,499 families in 78 barangays in the regions of Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao.
DSWD reports that there are currently 13,559 people displaced and staying in 71 evacuation centres. As many as 4,672 people have been disaplced in Cagayan De Oro and 2,844 in Gingoog, also in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao.
Around 30 houses have been damaged with 4 completely destroyed in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao.
In Cagayan De Oro a “Code Red” warning was issued by authorities in the early hours of 17 Jan for residents living near Iponan River urging them to move to evacuation centres immediately.
Levels of Iponan River as measured from San Simon Bridge in Cagayan De Oro City jumped from over 3 metres in the space of a few hours. As of early 17 January levels stood at 5.79 metres.
Photos of the floods in Cagayan De Oro City, 16 to 17 January, 2017.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the heavy rain was a result of the tail-end of a cold front and low pressure area. PAGASA issued heavy rainfall warnings from early on 16 January.
Rainfall figures below are from WMO for a 24 hour period.
to 17 Jan
- Borongan 134.3 mm
- Maasin 59.2 mm
- Surigao 44.0 mm
- Dipolog 205.2 mm
- Malaybalay 84.0 mm
to 16 Jan
- Roxas 57.0 mm
- Catbalogan 55.8 mm
- Borongan 122.8 mm
- Guiuan 58.4 mm
- Dumaguete 78.6 mm
- Mactan 74.0 mm
- Maasin 52.4 mm
PAGASA said that, as of 11:00 17 January, the “Low Pressure Area (LPA) East Northeast of Zamboanga City has dissipated. The tail-end of a cold front will continue to bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunder-storms over Visayas and the regions of Northern Mindanao and Caraga. Residents in these areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.”
B - Gingoog
C - Agusan del Sur
D - Compostela Valley
Iponan River, Cagayan De Oro City - January 17 to January 17, 2017
Dipolog - January 16 to January 17, 2017
January 16 to February 10, 2017
January 14 to February 20, 2017
According to UN-OCHA figures, 151,500 people in Caraga and Davao regions affected and 183,000 people in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao affected.