Auring leaves 1 dead, 2 missing in Caraga

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — At least one person was reported dead while two are missing in Caraga region due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Auring (international name: Dujuan), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Tuesday.

The NDRRMC has not yet disclosed full details surrounding the casualties from Caraga as of writing.

But Auring, which weakened into a low pressure area on Monday, has already dissipated on Tuesday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a virtual briefing that President Rodrigo Duterte will visit affected residents in Caraga later in the day.

Prior to landfall over Batag Island in Northern Samar on Monday, Auring brought heavy rains that triggered floods, and strong winds that damaged houses in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, prompting tens of thousands of affected residents to seek refuge in shelters. It also flooded villages in low-lying communities in some areas, including Surigao del Sur.

Caraga recorded the highest number of affected evacuees due to Auring to date. Of the 18,996 families that underwent preemptive evacuation, 13,744 were from the region. The other evacuees were from Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga Peninsula.

Meanwhile, 31,292 families from Caraga were from the 31,884 total population affected by the weather system. The other affected residents were from Bicol Region, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula.

At least 240 houses were also damaged in Caraga and Zamboanga Peninsula as of Tuesday.

This is a developing story.