8 still missing due to 'Agaton'

Posted at 01/21/14 9:41 AM

MANILA – The number of people who went missing at the height of the onslaught of tropical depression "Agaton" has risen to eight, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the latest person to be reported missing is 23-year-old Ranulfo Bayotas of Misamis Occidental. Bayotas was reported to have been swept away by floods in Oroquieta City.

Seven others from Zamboanga del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte remain missing.

A low pressure area which would later intensify into tropical depression "Agaton" had started ravaging parts of Mindanao over a week ago. It has since been downgraded back to LPA category.

As of Tuesday morning, the number of fatalities and injured from the deluge remain at 42 and 65, respectively.

The NDRRMC said the tropical depression affected at least 168,492 families or 809,686 persons.

Out of the total affected, 43,417 families or 203,022 persons were displaced and are staying inside 565 evacuation centers, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC said at least 16 landslide incidents, six flash flood incidents, and two maritime incidents were reported around Mindanao.

Some 739 houses were totally destroyed while 1,278 others sustained damage.

Twenty-five bridges and 50 roads remain impassable. The amount of damage to infrastructure and agriculture is now at P367,120,978.22.

The deluge also prompted the declaration of state of calamity in Agusan del Norte; Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte; Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella and Tagum City in Davao del Norte; Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental; and Lianga, Tago, San Miguel and Bislig in Surigao del Sur.