Slow-moving Agaton maintains strength

Posted at 01/19/14 10:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines – (2ND UPDATE) Tropical depression “Agaton” has moved south-southwestward while maintaining its strength, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its weather bulletin released 11:00 a.m. Sunday, the state weather bureau said “Agaton’ was last spotted at 205 kilometers east of HInatuan in Surigao del Sur.

It is bearing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and is forecast to move south-southwest at 7 kph.

“Agaton” is expected to be at 120 km southeast of Davao City by Monday morning, and 220 km southwest of General Santos City or out of the Philippine area or responsibility by Wednesday morning.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 is still up over the following areas: Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), “Agaton” has left 40 persons dead, while 65 are injured and five people remain missing.

More than 123,000 families in 635 barangays in Regions X, XI, CARAGA and ARMM have been affected by the tropical depression.

Of the total affected, over 33,000 families are being served inside evacuation centers.

The total cost of damages due to “Agaton” has reached more than P313 million as of Sunday, the NDRRMC said.