Tagum City now under state of calamity

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte-- The city government of Tagum declared that the city is now under state of calamity following the flash floods that inundated nine of the 23 barangays.

The flash floods, caused by days of heavy rains in Davao del Norte brought heavy damages to crops and aqua resources of the city amounting to more than PHP74 million and displaced a total of 2,659 families from the villages of Busaon, Bincungan, Liboganon, Pagsabangan, Cuambogan, Pandapan, Makilam, San Miguel and Canocotan.

Days of heavy downpours also caused two major river tributaries of Davao del Norte -- Saug River and Liboganon River basins -- to spill that affected the low-lying barangays of Tagum and triggered flash floods.

Damage to infrastructure, meanwhile, is pegged at PHP1,015,000 based on the damage assessment report by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).

This led the City Council, upon the recommendation of the CDRRMC chaired by Mayor Allan Rellon, to declare state of calamity through Resolution No. 288 passed on Tuesday afternoon, January 24.

Displaced families in the affected barangays were evacuated in designated schools in the city and were given food packs prepared by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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