Low pressure area threatens E. Visayas, Bicol

Posted at 01/13/14 9:39 AM

MANILA – The low pressure area (LPA) that is currently bringing rains over parts of Mindanao is also threatening Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran told dzMM that the LPA, spotted within the vicinity of Surigao del Sur, is expected to move northward and bring rains to Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region.

Duran said the effects of the LPA, which has been bringing rains over some parts of Mindanao, will be felt until Wednesday. He added there is also a possibility that the LPA will intensify into a tropical depression.

Preemptive evacuation was carried out in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte on Saturday as the LPA neared the region.

At least two people were killed in Davao Oriental when they tried to cross the river amid heavy rains. At least 200 houses were swept away by a raging river in Brgy. Marayag in Lupon, Davao Oriental early Sunday morning.

At least six people died and 23 were injured in a landslide incident in Tarragona, also in Davao Oriental, according to Office of Civil Defense – Region XI chief Loreto Rirao.

Power supply was also cut off in Baganga, Tarragona, Manay, Boston, Caraga, and Cateel in Davao Oriental.

Based on PAGASA's 24-hour weather bulletin for Monday, Mindanao, eastern and central Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Bicol Region, MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with isolated light rains.