Early this week, heavy rains started to fall in Mindanao specifically in the Caraga Region. As a result, a lot of its cities were flooded and some areas even had landslides. One of those cities is Butuan, the main capital of Caraga Region. This is where I grew up and studied until highschool.
As of now, about 6,000 people have been evacuated due to heavy flooding. All schools and offices are closed except those of Emergency response groups, hospitals and disaster management. The airports are shut down leaving a lot of passengers stranded and a lot of flights have been cancelled since Sunday. Currently, Butuan City is under Alert Level 3. The Agusan River is reported to have risen three meters and the surrounding homes have been greatly flooded.
No casualties have been reported but two are said to be missing. Here are some tragic and graphic images of the flooding in Butuan City, which is the regional center of the Caraga Region in the Philippines. The name "Butuan" is believed to have originated from the sour fruit "Batuan". Other etymology sources say that it comes from a certain "Datu Buntuan", a chieftain who once ruled over Butuan.