2 dead in Cebu due to 'Agaton'

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At least 200 people were rescued in Toledo City, Cebu amid rising floodwaters on December 31, according to Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) — Two people have died in Cebu after tropical depression "Agaton" dumped rains over the province, according to the provincial disaster management office.

Both casualties were from Malabuyoc town in Cebu.

Flora Matas, 64 years old from Barangay Looc, died after a landslide happened near her home at around 3 to 4pm.

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Richie Pimentel of Barangay Sto. Nino, hit his head on a concrete pavement. The incident happened before dawn, and power was also out in Cebu due to strong rains.

Agaton, which is headed toward Palawan as of Tuesday noon, also stranded more than 3,000 passengers in different ports all over Eastern and Central Visayas, as well as in Northern Mindanao, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The tropical depression, which entered the Philippines as a low pressure area on New Year's Eve, also prompted people to evacuate.

The NDRRMC said as of today, more than 600 families preemptively evacuated in the provinces of Capiz, Zamboanga del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, and Agusan del Norte.

At least 200 people were rescued in Toledo City, Cebu amid rising floodwaters on December 31, according to Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. Around 800 individuals, meanwhile, are seeking shelter in evacuation centers in Toledo City.

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