Rescue teams are on the alert as continuous rains since Saturday triggered flashfloods in some parts of Davao City and in the towns badly battered by the December 4 Typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces.
In Cateel town, Davao Oriental, Fr. Nestor Morata, parish priest of St. James the Apostle told MindaNews they had to cancel Sunday masses because the temporary roofing of the church was blown away by strong winds and rain on Saturday night.
As of 12 noon, Morata said he was informed by the Department of Interior and Local Governments that Barangay san Miguel, San Vicente, Alegria and Taytayan are under water and that police and the military are conducting rescue operations.
Morata said the problem is there is no rubber boat available in the area.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon told MindaNews all Army, police and provincial engineer’s trucks have been mobilized for the rescue operations.
Davao Oriental police chief Sr. Supt. Jose Carumba said evacuations were ordered in Baganga and Cateel towns Saturday night but residents had returned home Sunday morning. But as of noon Sunday, evacuations were reported in the area cited by Morata.
Carumba said Caraga bridge which connects Manay and Caraga towns is not passable as strong river currents destroyed some 30 meters out its 250-meter span. The Teodoro Palma Gil Bridge in Barangay San Antonio, Caraga, which links the town to Baganga, was destroyed by floodwaters and debris unleashed by typhoon Pablo on December 4.
Morata said text messages went around Saturday night that Cateel was under public storm warning signal number 2 but the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) had issued no typhoon advisory.
Continue reading at Mindanews