Davao Oriental prepares for Vinta’s heavy rainfall

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) activated its Incident Command System to brace for heavy rainfall that will be brought by Tropical Depression Vinta.

Vinta, which is expected to affect Davao Oriental and other provinces in Southern Mindanao, entered the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon, December 20.

In a statement on the official Facebook page of the Davao Oriental Provincial Government, the disaster council said it has coordinated with other government agencies to monitor the movement of the tropical depression.

"The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in close coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have been closely monitoring the movement of the LPA that is expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms all over the region," the statement read. The LPA developed into a tropical depression Wednesday afternoon.

PDRRMC has raised concerns on the volume of water that may result in landslides and floods especially in low-lying areas and near riverbanks.

The Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, and other rescue teams are on standby.

"The Municipal DRRM councils of all municipalities in the province up to the barangays are also making preparations and are set to activate their respective ICS," the statement added.

They have also prepositioned food packs at the provincial level for potential affected families with additional food packs that are being requested from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to augment the provincial supply.

They also urged the public to exercise vigilance and be alert all the time and listen to advisories.

"Everyone has been advised to take necessary precautionary measures, to be alert, and to watch and listen for the latest updates on the radio, television, or to trusted social media," the statement said.

Based on the weather advisory number one of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) issued at11 a.m. yesterday, the low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao has made landfall inside the country at 10 a.m. yesterday.

"The LPA was estimated based on all available data at 925 km east of Hinatuan, SurigaodelSur (8.2n, 134.7e). The trough of the said weather system will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the regions of Caraga and Davao," the state bureau said.

There is also a possibility that it may develop into tropical depression within the next 24-48 hours.

"Should this weather system develop into a tropical depression, maritime operations along the eastern seaboard of Mindanao (Surigao, Davao oriental, Dinagat Island, Siargao) and eastern seaboard of Leyte will be disrupted," the advisory added.

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