‘Crising’ kills 1, hurts 2-A A +A
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- At least one was reported killed while two others were injured due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression "Crising," according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) on Tuesday.
OCD-Davao Region head Lisa Mazo identified the fatality as Francisco Digaynon Jr., who drowned while crossing the Taytayan river in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
Maria Nacua, 20, and Dodong Nacua, 8, were injured after a landslide triggered by "Crising" destroyed their house in Lanao del Sur.
The two were brought to the Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital in Kapatagan for medical treatment, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The tropical depression was located at 80 kilometers (km) southwest of General Santos City by 4 p.m. Tuesday. It is moving west northwest at 24 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum winds of 45 kph near the center, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
At least 23 areas have been placed under storm signal number 1. These are Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Samal Island, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, southern part of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Southern Palawan.
Pagasa said Crising made landfall over the southern tip of Davao del Sur Tuesday.
The tropical depression is expected to be at 250 kms west of Zamboanga City by Wednesday afternoon, and 500 kms southwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan by Thursday afternoon.
Pagasa said Crising still brings estimated five to 15 millimeters of rainfall per hour within its 300 km diameter. Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal number 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are still advised not to venture out into the northern, eastern and southern seaboards of Luzon and Central and Eastern seaboards of Visayas and eastern seaboard of Mindanao. (Sunnex/With reports from PNA)