Low pressure area spotted off Mindanao

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Sunday, December 25, 2011


CEBU CITY -- A low pressure area is expected to bring rains in northern Mindanao, which last week was hit by one of the region's worst flooding in history due to tropical storm "Sendong."

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the low pressure area was seen some 100 kilometers east of General Santos City.

The weather system is expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Visayas and Mindanao areas, the weather bureau said. Pagasa warned the rain showers may likely cause landslides and flooding.

Aside from Visayas and Mindanao areas, the bureau said, the main island of Luzon will experience cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers due to the northeast monsoon affecting the area.

Meanwhile, the death toll in last week's storm has reached 1,100, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In its update released at 6 a.m. Sunday, the NDRRMC reported at least 1,100 persons killed by "Sendong" and over a thousand others remain missing.

It said 108,798 families (695,195 persons) were affected by the floods in 789 villages, 56 municipalities and eight cities in two Visayas regions, and five Mindanao regions.

The NDRRMC said 64,248 families (327,826 persons) have been served in 46 evacuation centers.

The disaster agency has placed the initial damaged to infrastructure at P1.081 billion and P1.936 in agriculture. (Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 25, 2011.

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