Heavy rains, deadly landslide hit Mindanao, Philippines

Heavy rains, deadly landslide hit Mindanao, Philippines

Recent heavy rainfall and strong winds in parts of Mindanao, southern Philippines, have led to floods and landslides, resulting in at least seven deaths, including five children, 10 people missing, and significant damage. The disaster has affected over 187 000 people across four provinces in the Davao region, with ongoing rains halting search and rescue operations.

In the last few days, parts of Mindanao in the southern Philippines have been experiencing severe weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and strong winds. This extreme weather has led to flooding, triggered landslides, and caused casualties and damage in the region.

A tragic incident occurred in the southern Davao de Oro province, where a landslide, following days of heavy rains, buried a house, resulting in the death of seven people, including five children. Ednar Dayanghirang, director of the regional civil defence agency, reported this information on DZRH radio. Alongside the fatalities, two people have been injured, and approximately ten are reported missing. The continuing rains have forced the authorities to suspend search and rescue operations in a residential area known for small-scale mining activities.

The impact of these heavy rains and floods has been widespread in the Davao region. According to data from the national disaster agency, over 187 000 people in four provinces have been affected by the severe weather conditions.

The ASEAN Disaster Information Network has provided additional data on the situation. In the Caraga Region, northern Mindanao, 5 474 people have been displaced and are currently housed in 26 evacuation centers. Meanwhile, in the Davao Region, southeastern Mindanao, 1 800 people have been evacuated to seven evacuation centers, and more than 2 200 individuals have been affected.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are expected across the affected areas over the next 24 hours. Consequently, an extreme flood advisory has been issued for the Davao Region, while a severe flood advisory is in place for the Caraga Region.

References:

1 Landslide in southern Philippines kills seven, 10 more missing – Reuters – January 18, 2024

2 Philippines – Floods and landslides – DG ECHO – January 18, 2024

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