Thousands of people have evacuated their homes after flooding in Surigao del Sur Province in the Philippines.
The Philippines’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on 22 February severe weather brought by Tropical Storm Dujuan (known locally as Auring) has so far affected 50,956 people across the 3 regions of Northern Mindanao (Region X), Davao Region (Region XI) and Caraga (Region XIII).
Over 60,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. As of 22 February, 12,825 families or 49,236 people remained in 308 evacuation centres.
Roads and bridges have been closed and around 40 domestic flights were cancelled. Surigao del Norte (15,872 people affected) and Surigao del Sur (32,583 affected) in Caraga Region are the worst affected areas. NDRRMC said that 31 homes were damaged in Surigao del Norte and 148 in Surigao del Sur, where 4 homes were completely destroyed.
Flooding was particularly severe Tandag City and areas of Barobo in Surigao del Sur. Other affected areas of the province include Bayabas, Bislig City, Cagwait, Cantilan, Carmen, Carrascal, Cortes, Hinatuan, Lanuza, Lingig, Madrid, Marihatag, San Agustin, Tagbina and Tago.
Floods in Tandag, Philippines, after Tropical Storm Auring, February 2021 – Gov Ayec T Pimentel