Severe rainfall causes flooding and landslides in Surigao del Sur, Philippines
FLOODED AIRPORT. Continuous rain floods the Tandag airport grounds. Photo by Jofel Perez Patrimonio/Tandag City LGU
Classes and work were suspended in several towns in Surigao del Sur on Friday, January 9, after continuous rain caused flooding and landslides in the province.
Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel suspended classes in the elementary level, both in public and private educational institutions on Friday morning, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Surigao del Sur said.
Pimentel also declared work suspension in government and private institutions as the rain caused flooding in the city including at the Tandag Airport.
The Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said classes in all levels were suspended in Cortes town and in the elementary level in Madrid town.
The local government of San Miguel town suspended classes on all levels while elementary and high school classes were also suspended in the towns of Lanuza and San Cantilan.
Low-lying villages including the poblacion area in San Miguel town are now flooded after the Tago River overflowed because of the heavy rain, the PIA said.
As the bad weather continues to bring heavy rain to the province, the national highway between Tandag City and Cortes town were declared impassable after landslides occured in the villages of Matho and Balibadon, Surigao del Sur PDRRMO Abel de Guzman said.
As of posting, the road between Lanuza and Cortez town is not accessible after a series of landslides – 4 in all – hit the area.
Government responders are now in the area to clear the road from the debris caused by the landslide.
No casualty has been reported as of posting.
Courtesy of Rappler