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City sends USAR to help Carmen town

DAVAO City sent an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) 911 team to the Municipality of Carmen in Davao del Norte on Feb. 3 to assist in the ongoing rescue operations in the area. 

The Davao City USAR 911 team is now conducting search and rescue operations in coordination with Carmen’s rescuers and volunteers.

Meanwhile, 250 families in Barangay Cabuaya, Mati City, Davao Oriental received relief goods distribution from the province on Saturday, Feb. 3, after they evacuated to safety from high floodwaters.

Personnel of Coast Guard Davao Oriental assisted in the distribution of relief goods. 

Moreover, according to a road advisory of the Provincial Davao del Norte Risk and Reduction Management Center, as of 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, the national highway in Tagum City Going to Carmen via Guadalupe remains impassable to all types of vehicles.

Tagum City Going to Santo Tomas via San Miguel is not passable except for the rescue 10-wheeler trucks and heavy trucks.

Tagum City Going to B. E. Dujali via San Miguel is not passable except also for rescue ten-wheelers and heavy trucks, while Tagum City Going to Asuncion via Pagsabangan is passable already for all types of vehicles.

As of 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, the PDRRMO Davao del Norte Drone Team update showed that parts of Barangay Mesaoy, New Corella were still submerged, as well as in Barangay Guadalupe and Barangay Tuganay, Carmen Davao del Norte. 

The casualty count from the Davao Region landslides and flash floods reached 10, with one still missing in Maragusan, Davao de Oro on Thursday. Also, seven residents in Davao de Oro were reportedly injured. 

Two of the 10 casualties were drowned from the flood in New Bataan and in Pantukan, Davao de Oro. The other four casualties died due to landslides in Maragusan and New Bataan.

Data from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI showed that as of 6 a.m. on Feb. 3, 262 barangays across the region were severely affected by the floods and landslides due to non-stop rain.

At least 413,663 individuals or 98,984 families have been affected by the weather disturbance across the region. 

Currently, 66 roads and nine bridges in Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental are still not passable. Landslide incidents were recorded in about 45 barangays, mostly in Davao de Oro. 


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