Davao del Norte town under state of calamity due to floods

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The local government of Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte declared a state of calamity due to severe flooding experienced in the area this week. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) — The local government of Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte declared a state of calamity due to severe flooding experienced in the area this week.

In a statement on Thursday, Municipal Information Officer Mart Sambalud said the declaration was made on February 16 after the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council made the recommendation.

At least 6,545 families in 10 barangays were affected by the widespread flooding caused by localized thunderstorms.

"The total damage to agriculture is pegged at ₱47,499,225.83, which covers rice, corn, cavendish bananas, vegetables, livestock and poultry, and fisheries," the municipal officer said. "While on [infrastructure], total damage is ₱8,032,096, which covers bridges, roads, schools, among others."

Tropical Storm Auring continues to drench parts of the country. It is expected to hit land in the Caraga region and bring heavy rains to the Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands starting this weekend until Monday, weather bureau PAGASA said.