‘Auring’ prompts evacuation of 800 families in Surigao del Sur

Published February 20, 2021, 3:10 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – More than 800 families have evacuated to temporary shelters in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as the local government prepares for the landfall of tropical storm “Auring” in the Caraga region Sunday.

In a statement Saturday, the local government of Hinatuan said as of 10:30 p.m. Friday, said the total number of evacuees has reached 848 families or 5,214 individuals.

It added that the evacuees are sheltered in eight evacuation centers in various barangays.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents in Davao de Oro evacuated to higher grounds Friday as Auring approached Mindanao.

Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan said in its official Facebook page that 15 families, composed of 37 people, had evacuated to New Bataan National High School (NBNHS) and purok buildings following the incessant rainfall. 

Residents from NHA-Camarin, Barangay Magangit, New Bataan, sought shelter at Andap National High School (ANHS) to ensure their safety from possible floods and  landslide.

The local government unit (LGU) in Maragusan reported a mudflow in Sitio Salaysayon in Barangay Cambagang, covering a portion of the national highway. All motorists were advised to take precautions in passing by the area.

The Davao de Oro provincial government has contacted a rescue team in Maragusan to help clear the highway. Maragusan has been experiencing heavy rains and strong winds since Friday afternoon.

Davao de Oro Gov. Tyron Uy ensured that the disaster risk reduction and management team of the province is ready to provide necessary aid. He also advised all residents to stay alert.