On January 24, 2017, massive flooding and landslide brought by the continuous rain made the Provincial Board of Davao del Norte declared a state of calamity. According to Kami, infrastructures, livelihoods, and crops were severely damaged in this province.
Now Kapalong town gym serves as the evacuation location. GMA reports say that over 920 residents were affected by the massive flooding and landslides. The reason of the disaster is the constant rain brought by the cold front in the past week. Several towns were also submerged.
As reported at Kami, several main roads were impassable by light automobiles the same day. Local government services did their best to clear roads as soon as possible.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration immediately announced an urgent landslide and flood warning. It also recommended that all the residents near mountain slopes should stay away from riverbanks, streams, and coastal areas during heavy precipitation.
Among the other locations that suffered from the calamity, the officials report about Compostela Valley, Northern Mindanao (Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, and Valencia), parts of Zamboanga and Maguindanao Peninsula, and Caraga Region.
All responsible social service offices have immediately started relief operations in all affected barangays. Moreover, numerous line agencies of the government groups participate in the actual rescue operation in Davao del Norte.