Camiguin town in state of calamity

Posted at 07/27/2012 9:03 PM | Updated as of 07/27/2012 9:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Camiguin has declared a state of calamity in Mahinog town, where more than 200 families have been affected by floods.

Non-stop rains have triggered flooding in 4 towns in Camiguin, prompting local officials to order the evacuation of more than 500 families.

Aside from Mahinog, the towns of Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman were also affected by floods.

Roger Lapura, planning officer of the Office of Civil Defense-10, said the province declared the suspension of classes on Friday.

Several residents, meanwhile, were temporarily stranded on both sides of a bridge in Mahinog after a nearby river overflowed. 

Residents have not been allowed to return to their homes as the bad weather persists.

Local officials have distributed relief goods to the affected residents. -- Report from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao