The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council called on its regional counterparts, local government units (LGUs), and the public to prepare as Tropical Depression Auring will bring heavy to intense rains which may cause flooding and rain-induced landslides in highly susceptible areas.
As of 1:00 p.m today, TD Auring was estimated at 815 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/hour and gustiness of up to 55 km/hr, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said.
Caraga and Davao Oriental will experience moderate to heavy rains while Eastern and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and the rest of Davao region will experience light to moderate with at times heavy rains on Saturday.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be felt over Surigao provinces, Dinagat islands, Eastern Visayas, Masbate, and the northern portion of Cebu on Saturday evening through Sunday. Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced in Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, and Marinduque while light to moderate with at times heavy rains over CALABARZON, Northern Mindanao, Davao region, and the rest of Bicol region, Visayas, and Caraga.
TD Auring may intensify into tropical storm before its landfall on Saturday evening or Sunday morning over Caraga region. Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be raised over several provinces of Caraga and Davao region on Friday, the state weather bureau said..
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) identified 4,654 barangays susceptible to landslide and flood in Bicol, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga. The MGB has been cascading the list of landslide prone areas to concerned LGUs.
Advisories from the Department of the Interior and Local Government were also released to the LGUs.
In today’s rainfall forecast of PAGASA, the tail-End of a Frontal System will bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Central Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and the rest of Bicol Region. Isolated flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur due to heavy rainfall or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in highly susceptible areas.
A 24/7 virtual coordination is also activated in NDRRM Emergency Operations Center to gather immediate updates from the regions.
NDRRMC continues to assess the possible impacts of TD Auring based on PAGASA advisories.
The public is advised to monitor weather updates and heed authorities’ warnings. Local Government Units are reminded to strictly implement minimum public health standards in their operations. The NDRRMC on May 29, 2020 issued on memorandum no. 54 that outlined guidance to authorities involved in DRRM and the general public on rainy season preparedness measures covering the COVID-19 public health protocols.