Social welfare dept monitors, readies aid for flood victims in CARAGA

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is keeping a close watch on the continuous heavy rains in the Caraga region.

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the department's field office in the region has prepositioned 6,600 family food packs (FFPs), ready for distribution when needed. Caraga covers the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands and the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao City, Tandag, Bislig and Bayugan.

"An additional 12,170 food packs are on stand-by at the DSWD warehouse in Tiniwisan, Butuan City," she said.

The downpour has resulted in flashfloods and landslides in the municipalities of Talacogon, Veruela, and San Luis in Agusan del Sur. Classes in pre-school and secondary levels in some cities and towns were suspended Thursday, trips of sea vessels were cancelled, and residents in low-lying areas were forced to evacuate.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, some 5,220 families or 22,986 individuals were affected in 63 barangays in the region. Of the figure, 4,585 families or 19,819 persons are being housed temporarily in 59 evacuation centers. Rescue operations are ongoing.(PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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