Feb 202013

Satellite image at 8 a.m., 20 Feb 2013

Satellite image at 8 a.m., 20 Feb 2013. Tropical Depression Crising at 8 a.m., 20 Feb 2013 Weather Central

The death toll from Tropical Depression Crising rose to two as of Thursday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said the most recent fatality was Erwin Campana, 43, who drowned while crossing a river in Montevista town’s Barangay Camansi in Compostela Valley.

Earlier, the NDRRMC said the other fatality – Francisco Digaynon – drowned while crossing the Taytayan River in Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

Moreover, the NDRRMC said the number of missing people also rose to two. The latest was identified as Suden Abdullah, who went missing while on his way home.

It said Abdullah, a resident of Barangay Pinol in Maitum in Sarangani province, was on his way home from fishing when his boat encountered big waves.

Earlier, 63-year-old Percela R. Apolinario was reported missing while crossing the river in Brgy. Magugba.

The NDRRMC said Crising has affected 25,350 families or 120,269 people in 80 villages in Regions 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Of these, 864 families or 3,950 people were brought to seven evacuation centers.

At least seven roads and six bridges were affected in Regions 8, 10, 11, and 12. The NDRRMC also said at least two houses in Regions 10 and 11 were destroyed while 85 were damaged.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development recorded 23,000 affected families, DSWD-Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office Dir. Resty Macuto said in an interview on “Kape at Balita” on Thursday. Of these, 1,387 families were brought to evacuation centers.

“‘Yung 644 from Bukidnon ay mula po sa preemptive evacuation natin kasi natatakot po sila na umapaw ‘yung Cagayan River so nagsagawa po tayo ng preemptive evacuation, pero sa ngayon bumabalik na sila,” Macuto said.

Macuto added that there were still six families evacuated in Dipolog City, and about 738 in Region 11.

He said there was enough food for the evacuated families, but said additional donations were welcome. “Kung mayroon kayong maibigay na mga pagkain at tubig, at iba pang mga damit para sa ating mga kababayan, most welcome po ng DSWD,” he said.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, PAGASA said Crising was estimated at 450 km northwest of Zamboanga City, with maximum winds of 45 kph near the center.

By Friday afternoon, it is expected to be 590 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City, PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

Meanwhile, PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Storm Signal 1 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

It said Crising may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) over MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao.

Before dawn Thursday, the Davao City government alerted residents in parts of Davao City to prepare for possible evacuation, as  there was a “noticeable” increase in water level and speed of the Davao River.  — with Carmela Lapeña /LBG, GMA News

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