FLOODWATERS. A resident of Barangay Guadalupe, Carmen, Davao del Norte, fixes an improvised cage on Thursday (Jan. 5, 2023) amid the floodwaters. Massive flooding hit the province on Wednesday due to the effects of a low pressure area. (PNA photo by Robinson Niñal Jr.)

DAVAO CITY – Two residents in Davao del Norte died after the rampaging floodwaters hit the province on Wednesday following bad weather caused by a low pressure area (LPA), the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said.

In a report Thursday, the PDRRMC identified the fatalities as Enting Layao, 57, of Tagum City; and a five-year-old from Asuncion town, who both drowned in the floods.

The PDRRMC said the floods affected 12,633 families or 52,712 individuals from the municipalities of Kapalong, Asuncion, New Corella, Sto. Tomas, Carmen and Tagum City.

Some 204 hectares of various high-value commodities amounting to PHP4.9 million were damaged in New Corella and Kapalong towns.

Governor Edwin Jubahib said aid was provided to the affected families, especially those living in low-lying portions of Asuncion town and Tagum City.

Jubahib also ordered the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to distribute food packs to the affected families.

He said the provincial government is in constant coordination with the local government units (LGUs) to deliver essential goods and services to the families affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Davao Region (DSWD-11) has provided PHP123,348 worth of assistance to the affected families in Davao del Norte.

The DSWD, through its field offices, continues to coordinate with the local authorities to ensure that appropriate interventions are provided to the affected population promptly. (PNA)