'Crising' displaces over 3,000 in Mindanao

Posted at 02/20/13 7:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines – At least 3,568 residents in Northern Mindanao and Davao Region were forced to seek higher grounds due to tropical depression "Crising," the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday.

NDRRMC said the residents are staying in at least seven evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, at least 16,370 families of 59,634 people were affected in the two regions which were on the path of the weather disturbance.

Francisco Digaynon, a resident of New Bataan, Compostela Valley, is the lone fatality so far reported. He drowned while crossing Taytayan river.

Four people, meanwhile, were injured in a landslide incident in Barangay Malasulag, Sapad, Lanao del Norte. They are Maria Nacua, Dodong Nacua, Anatallo Nacua, and a 9-month-old baby.

Weather bureau PAGASA said "Crising" is now over Sulu Sea and may merge with another potential cyclone spotted off Palawan, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Wednesday.

PAGASA forecaster Buddy Javier said a low pressure area (LPA) spotted 220 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan may merge with Crising.

Crising, on the other hand, was located 140 kms northwest of Zamboanga City as of 4 a.m. It was still packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph).

The tropical depression has also maintained its west northwest movement at 24 kph. An estimated rainfall of 5 - 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) is expected within Crising's 300-km diameter.

Public storm warning signal no.1 remains hoisted over Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Southern Palawan.