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“The province is practically under the water for four days now so I have declared a state of emergency,” del Rosario said.
The declaration included the suspension of classes in the elementary and high school department in all municipalities Monday, he said, excluding the three cities.
A report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC) shows that as of 9:15 a.m. of January 21, a total of 9,425 families comprising 39,037 families have been evacuated in the province.
Majority or 5,596 families and 18,752 individuals were evacuated in the municipality of Kapalong where flooding is at its worst. Up to 3,201 families comprising 16,005 individuals have been evacuated in the municipality of Carmen.
A total of 623 families including 3,115 individuals have been evacuated in the municipality of Asuncion while five families with 25 individuals have been evacuated in Sto. Tomas. New Corella, which has not been included in the list of flooded municipalities before, had 228 families and 1,140 individuals evacuated.
PDRRMC reports show that Barangay Sagayen in Asuncion and Purok 1 in Florida, Kapalong are still passable to all types of vehicles. Bgy. Pagsabangan continue to be passable but not for motorcycles and low vehicles since most areas here including the cemetery are half submerged in floodwaters.
Barangays that were reported not passable as of yesterday included Bgy. San Miguel via Campo Kuatro, Dujali-Mampising, Miranda Bridge, Talomo-Salvacio and San Vicente-Esperanza.
A total blackout has been reported in Kapalong for two days now and in Asuncion, while partial blackout was reported in Mankilam, Tagum City.
One person who was reported missing in Bgy.Sonlon in Asuncion has not yet been found as of Monday while PDRRMC reported that Dodong Licomes from Bgy. Maniki in Kapalong has been injured due to electrocution.(RGA/LAC/PIA-XI)