Surigao del Sur under a state of calamity

Posted at 12/04/12 4:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Surigao del Sur has been placed in a state of calamity following nearly 12 hours of strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon “Pablo”.

Governor Johnny Pimentel said some of the towns hit by massive floods are Hinatuan, Lingig, Bislig City, Tagbina, Barobo, Lianga, San Agustin, Marihatag, Tandag City and Carrascal.

More than 33,000 residents have fled their homes, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

They are now staying in 35 evacuation centers in the province.

Almost the entire province of Surigao del Sur is also without electricity.

"I would say that this is one of the strongest typhoon na na-experience namin dito sa Surigao del Sur," Pimentel earlier told dzMM.

Pablo (international codename: "Bopha") made landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental Tuesday morning, and was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 195 kph.

A total of 46 areas are under storm signals. The typhoon has already claimed 2 lives, according to the NDRRMC. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM