PHOTOS | LPA brings rains, swells Agusan River, floods Butuan and nearby towns

A makeshift canoe ferries passengers across the flooded road in Barangay Mahogany. ERWIN MASCARINAS
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BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains brought by the first low pressure area in the country has swollen Agusan River, flooding Butuan City and nearby towns.

The city government has declared a state of calamity as it assigned local emergency response team to evacuate families affected by the floods.

Supt. Romy Palgue, Butuan City deputy police director, the Butuan floods inundated 15 barangays and forced at least 180 families or around 4,000 individuals to leave for various evacuation centers.

The local police are trying to convince more families to move out of their homes to avoid loss of lives.

As of posting time, rains continue. 

Motorcycles try to navigate the raging waters of a creek along the national highway in Barangay Lemon that overflowed. ERWIN MASCARINAS

Evacuees arrive at one of the evacuation sites. ERWIN MASCARINAS

Children earn money by using a makeshift raft to ferry residents across the flooded waters. ERWIN MASCARINAS

A teen on a raft made from banana trunk tries paddle across a flooded rice field in barangay Buhangin. ERWIN MASCARINAS

A boy is left with some stuff on a makeshift boat. ERWIN MASCARINAS

Evacuees carry their mattress on a canoe toward the evacuation area. ERWIN MASCARINAS

Residents move out of the flooded areas toward designated evacuation sites. ERWIN MASCARINAS

A family cramped into a small classroom in an evacuation center in Barangay Baan Km3. ERWIN MASCARINAS