PAGASA lifts storm signal in S. Palawan
MANILA, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA lifted the storm signal warning in southern Palawan on Thursday as Tropical Depression “Crising” continued to move away from the country.
Crising is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday night.
As of 4 p.m., PAGASA said the weather disturbance was seen 200 kilometers west of Balabac, Palawan and was moving at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour (kph).
It was packing maximum winds of 45 kph near the center.
Crising, which brought moderate to heavy rains to Mindanao, first made landfall in Davao del Sur on Tuesday, forcing thousands to seek higher ground.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the tropical depression left 2 people dead and 2 more missing.
The fatalities were identified as Francisco Digaynon and Erwin Campana. Both drowned while crossing a river.
The missing were identified as Percela Apolinario of Aklan and Suden Abdullah of Sarangani.
Crising also triggered massive floods, affecting more than 140,000 people.
The NDRRMC said that as of 2 p.m. Thursday, 12,689 persons are still inside evacuation centers.