The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is reminding the residents of hazard-prone areas to remain vigilant and prepare for possible flash floods and landslides as Tropical Depression “Agaton” remains stationary over the eastern waters of Eastern Visayas.
As of 1:00 p.m. today, the center of TD “Agaton” was spotted 125 kilometers East Southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center, and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
In the latest weather report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the TD “Agaton” will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte while light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Masbate, Sorsogon, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao, today until tomorrow morning.
TD “Agaton” may also develop into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours. Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 has been raised over Eastern Samar, Mindanao, Dinagat Islands, Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. The possibility to raise signal No. 2 is also seen, the state weather bureau said.
To reinforce preparedness measures, the NDRRMC met again this afternoon to further discuss activities that are being implemented by various member agencies and regional DRRMCs for the impacts of TD “Agaton” and Tropical Storm “Malakas” that is currently being monitored by PAGASA outside the Philippine Area Responsibility (PAR).
Various government agencies, the RDRRMCs, and the Local Government Units (LGUs) are now conducting their respective preparedness activities which include prepositioning of food packs, evacuation of the affected areas, cascading of warnings, among others. The public is reminded to continuously monitor the situation, take precautionary measures, and follow authorities' warnings and instructions.