‘Agaton’ downgraded to LPA

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Monday, January 20, 2014


MANILA – Tropical Depression "Agaton" has been downgraded to a low-pressure area (LPA), the weather bureau said Monday.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that Agaton was last spotted 400-kilometers east southeast of Davao City or at 455-kilometers east of General Santos City.

The weather bureau said the LPA is still expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao regions.

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Though storm warning signals are already lifted, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)still advised the public that sea travel remained risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the Caraga regions.

The country's maritime law enforcement agency noted that the northeast monsoon and easterly winds is currently affecting the eastern seaboard of the country.

A total of 661 passengers are still stranded in various ports in the country due to rough sea condition.

Meanwhile, casualties from flash floods and landslides due to the onslaught of Agaton remained at 41 while six others are still missing.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that more than 25,000 families or about 119,000 individuals were displaced and currently staying in 352 evacuation centers.

Damage to infrastructure and agriculture has reached P328 billion. (Sunnex)

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