DAVAO CITY: Sto. Tomas town in Davao del Norte has been placed under a state of calamity after it was severely affected by widespread flooding.
On Wednesday, members of the sangguniang bayan (municipal council) passed a resolution, placing the entire town under a state of calamity, based on recommendations by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, headed by Sto. Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista.
A total of 6,545 families from 10 barangay (villages) were affected by the flooding caused by heavy rains that started on Monday morning.
According to Mart Sambalud, information officer of Sto. Tomas, total damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at over P55 million.
The damage to crops and fisheries was placed at P47, 499, 225.83, which covers rice, corn, cavendish bananas, vegetables, livestock and poultry.
Loss in infrastructure, including bridges, roads and schools, totaled P8,032,096.
The local government earlier distributed food packs to displaced families.