Thousands of distressed residents were rescued Sunday morning as floods hit different parts of Surigao del Sur due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Auring.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was already raised in the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte, including the islands of Siargao and Bucas Grande.
TCWS No. 1 was also declared over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur.
“Auring” is expected to make landfall Sunday evening or early Monday in the areas of Dinagat in Caraga and Homonhon-Leyte areas in the Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said
In Tandag City, authorities are conducting massive evacuation operations in different barangays as floodwaters started to engulf the area Sunday.
Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel said rescue efforts are being made by the different disaster response teams to help distressed residents amid flooding.
The public is advised to coordinate with local authorities in line with the government-mandated evacuation orders and other emergency instructions,” Pimentel said in a statement Sunday.
Col. James Goforth, director of Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO), said about 9,552 families or 30,650 individuals were already rescued and evacuated from the different towns and cities in the province since Saturday.
The count, he said, is still initial as of 12 noon on Sunday as evacuation and rescue operations continue. SOVEREIGNPH