Forced evacuations in Davao region due to floods

Heavy rain since Saturday evening has affected parts of Mindanao, including the town of Cateel in Davao Oriental

A girl wades through floodwaters in Davao City, January 20, 2013. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Heavy rain since Saturday evening, January 19, has affected parts of Mindanao, including the town of Cateel in Davao Oriental, which is still recovering from the brutal onslaught of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha).

Rescue units from the local government are facilitating forced evacuations to higher ground due to floods.

At least 5 barangays have been affected by the cold front, according to Cateel Chief of Police Captain Vince Consuegra. These barangays include Taytayan, Alegria, San Vicente, San Alfonso, and Aragon.

Cateel, whose residents claim never to have experienced typhoons or floods in their lifetimes, listed 120 casualties from Pablo. Some 361 were injured.

In Davao City, several barangays are submerged in waist-deep floodwaters due to the downpour. Initial reports said affected areas include Matina, Maa, and Bankerohan. – Rappler.com