New cyclone threatens Mindanao

Posted at 01/30/14 11:21 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The low pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Mindanao has developed into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m., the tropical depression was located 1,140 kilometers east of Mindanao, still outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

PAGASA said the weather system will not yet affect any part of the country, but is expected to enter PAR between Thursday afternoon or evening, after which it will be locally named "Basyang."

PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran earlier said the weather disturbance will bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao later this week.

"By February 1, Sabado, iyun ang ine-expect na mararamdaman na ang pag-ulan sa Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao," Duran told dzMM.

Duran said the tropical depression may make landfall in areas recently battered by the slow-moving tropical depression "Agaton."

Agaton spawned rains that triggered flooding and landslides in the Caraga region, killing at least 68 people, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

"Iyung takbo na nakikita natin, maaaring dito sa may Northern Mindanao o Caraga region o sa Eastern Visayas ang entrada nito," he said.