THOUGH the tail-end of a cold front dissolved Friday morning, a low pressure area (LPA) was spotted outside southeast of Mindanao, just outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau said.

In the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (Pagasa) weather forecast issued at 10 a.m., it reported Friday, January 27, that the LPA is estimated to be at 390 kilometers southeast of Mindanao (4.5°N, 128.3 °E) outside PAR.

Pagasa-Davao weather observer Honey Perez told SunStar Davao in an interview that they could not yet indicate whether the LPA would develop as a typhoon since it has not reached the PAR and it would take two to three days before it would be determine.

Perez said the LPA threatens to bring more rains in the areas of Davao region.

Perez said the trough of the LPA is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the regions of Davao region, Caraga, and Soccsksargen thus, advising the public to take precautionary actions.

Also, the residents in these affected areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Mindanao.

Earlier, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Davao recorded eight deaths and three injured due to the floods and landslide brought by the tail end of the cold front.

Currently, the OCD-Davao is conducting damage assessment in the provinces affected including Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley while the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management-Davao has downgraded the red alert status to blue alert status due to the improvement of the weather condition.