DAVAO CITY—The Davao de Oro provincial government declared a state of calamity on  Friday following the damage wrought by flooding and landslides caused a low-pressure area (LPA) affecting several areas in Mindanao.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution declaring the calamity noted that heavy rainfall has been battering the province since Tuesday, affecting thousands of families and damaging PHP117.4 million worth of commodities such as rice, corn, high-value crops, fisheries, as well as irrigation facilities.

In a statement, the provincial government said the declaration aims to facilitate the swift relief efforts and analyze the extensive damage brought by the weather disturbance.

Based on the Rapid Damage Assessment And Needs Analysis (RDANA) conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDDRMC), inclement weather caused moderate to severe flash floods and landslides that affected 4,645 families or 9,628 individuals in the towns of Monkayo, Nabunturan, Compostela, New Bataan, Mawab, and Montevista.

Two casualties have been recorded in Compostela town due to drowning, as well as one reported injured and one still missing.

An estimated 4,050 affected residents of Monkayo, Compostela, Nabunturan, Mawab, New Bataan and Montevista towns received hot meals as of Friday, the provincial government said.

PDRRMO said it will continue conducting 24/7 weather monitoring in 11 municipalities. (PNA)