DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Residents in Davao City and provinces within and outside the Davao Region will expect rains in coming days as state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted a Low-Pressure Area (LPA) 900 kilometers east of Davao City as of 3:00 a.m. today, Monday, April 8.
In its 4 a.m. advisory on Monday, PAGASA said the LPA is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression but expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over parts of Mindanao and some areas in the Visayas.
Moderate to heavy rains with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms is being experienced in some areas in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Camiguin, Zamboanga City, Basilan, and Sulu, according to PAGASA.
Meanwhile, the easterlies will continue to affect in the remaining parts of the country.
PAGASA also advises residents in the area to be of alert on possible flashfloods during severe thunderstorms.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued an advisory on Monday directing its regional offices to monitor the LPA and undertake precautionary measures in their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
NDRRMC also emphasized proactive measures including pre-emptive evacuations.
The local government of Davao City has already dispatched advisories to communities within river systems, to include Lipagas River, Talomo River, Matina River, Davao River, Bunawan River, and Lasang River to be alert and be prepared for possible evacuations. (davaotoday.com)