ComVal, Davao del Norte carry out preemptive evacuation


Posted at Jan 11 2014 11:02 AM | Updated as of Jan 12 2014 01:03 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Authorities ordered preemptive evacuation in Compostella Valley and Davao del Norte in anticipation of floods from the approaching low pressure area (LPA) near Mindanao.

In Compostela Valley, an estimated 38 families were moved out of harm's way in three barangays due to the threat of flashfloods and landslides.

Preemptive evacuation was ordered in Barangay Magsaysay in Nabunturan, Barangay Kidawa in Laak, and Purok 5 in Mt. Diwata.

Preemptive evacuation was also carried out in two barangays in New Corella and six barangays in Asuncion in Davao del Norte province that are prone to floods.

Meanwhile, the bad weather has stranded a barge in shallow waters off Malita, Davao Oriental after it was hit by strong waves.

All 12 crew members on board were rescued.

In Agusan del Norte, rains also triggered a landslide Friday night.

No injuries were reported.

Local disaster officials said they are closely monitoring the water level of the Agusan river.

The approaching LPA, which was last spotted 460 kilometers east of General Santos City, has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone, according to PAGASA forecaster Glaiza Escullar.

However, it is expected to continue bringing moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, raising the possibility of flashfloods and landslides. -- With report from ANC