Leyte, Bohol village under state of calamity; toll rises

MANILA, Philippines - A state of calamity has been declared in Leyte and a village in Bohol due to flashfloods that hit parts of the Visayas and Mindanao that has killed at least 11 people and forcing more than 14,000 people to flee their homes.

Aside from Leyte, more than 13,000 people have been displaced, also placed under a state of calamity was Balbalan village in Dimiao town. Reports said the village remained submerged in floodwaters as of press time.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said flashfloods, pockets of landslides, and tornado brought about by continuous rains being experienced in the Visayas and some parts of Mindanao had affected 3,130 families or 15,398 people, out of which 2,878 families or 14,138 people are now temporarily housed in different evacuation centers.

Reports reaching the NDRRMC operations center in Camp Aguinaldo listed the affected provinces as Bohol, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, and South Cotabato.

A landslide in Barangay Cabalawan in Tacloban City buried alive a family of seven, identified as Marlon Jordan, 35; Jenita Jordan, 35; Angelica Jordan; Marieta Jordan, 16; John Paul Jordan, 13; and John Rey Jordan, 4.

Another fatality from San Antonio, Palo, Leyte, was identified as Leo Espina died from electrocution.

In Bohol, Armando Buticarlo, 65, of Barangay Danicop, Sierra Bullones, was reported to have drowned in the floods.

Two more fatalities, one from Dimiao town, Bohol, and another from Barangay Apitong in Tacloban have yet to be identified.

Aside from the flashfloods, a tornado also hit Sitio Lamcol and Sitio Besas in Barangay Malaya, Banga, South Cotabato that completely destroyed three houses.

The NDRRMC reported that a preemptive evacuation was implemented in some villages in Palo, Leyte, and Samar due to the impending floods. Other residents were also alerted for force evacuation if weather condition in their area worsened.

The NDRRMC said aside from Barangay Balbalan in Dimiao town, other parts of Bohol that were hit by flashfloods are Barangays Mayana, Calabasita, and Alejawan in the municipality of Jagna; and Barangay Bugang Sur in Bilar town.

In Leyte, 2,760 families or 13, 580 people were affected by the continuous rains, particularly in Tacloban City, Tanauan, and St. Bernard.

In Samar, 69 families or 339 people were affected by floods, while in Misamis Oriental the affected population was placed at 248 families or 1,240 people.

A tornado that hit South Cotabato also affected four families or 20 people.

An estimated 10 hectares of rice fields were likewise damaged by the flood and inundated the riverside areas in Bohol, authorities said.

With the situation in parts of the Visayas region, the Philippine Army, particularly the 8th Infantry Division (8ID), has mobilized its troops to assist the affected families.

This, as Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir also reported that in Southern Leyte, the Kahupian-Sogod Road is no longer passable as of press time due to a landslide in Sitio Dampoy, Barangay Olisihan.

Vestuir said the Kahupian Detachment of the 52nd Infantry Battalion has coordinated with the Local Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) and for the necessary manpower assistance in road clearing operations.

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