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(03 October 2021)

A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted 185 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur as of 3:00PM today, will bring rains to some parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported in a Pre-Disaster Assessment (PDRA) meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held today 3 October 2021.

The LPA is forecast to develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours and will bring moderate to heavy rains over CARAGA region, Davao region, and Southern Leyte in the next 24 hours, the state weather bureau added.

PAGASA also presented two possible tracks of the LPA: One where it will be crossing Visayas and Southwestern Luzon, and another where it will take a northward direction after reaching the CARAGA-Eastern Visayas area and head towards the Bicol region. The Southwest Monsoon will prevail for both scenarios.

Scattered to at times widespread rain showers, meanwhile, will be experienced over the rest of Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula while parts of Luzon will have cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Since the LPA can still escalate into a tropical depression or storm, small sea vessels are also advised not to venture out to sea in affected areas due to rough waters.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-MGB) also reiterated vigilant monitoring of landslide and flood prone areas. DENR-MGB identified 3076 barangays across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that are prone to flooding and landslide which may be affected by the LPA.

DENR-MGB also reported 4 areas with high rainfall accumulation: Malaybalay, Bukidnon; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro and Tayabas, Quezon.

As an outcome of the assessment, the Regional DRRM Councils for CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA have initiated preparedness measures to support the activities of the local government units of areas that will be affected by the LPA.

NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad reminded the regional DRRM councils and other relevant agencies to continuously disseminate warnings to the affected areas alongside the text warnings that are being sent via the telcos. “We have an LPA. We should not be complacent. Regional offices should continue disseminating warnings. Cascading of warnings through media outfits is also important.” he said.

The NDRRMC is again reminding the local DRRM councils, local government units and residents of affected areas to brace for effects of the LPA. Communities are advised to prepare for possible flooding and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially those areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

The public is advised to take precautionary measures, monitor weather updates, and follow authorities' warnings and advisories.