MANILA – The death toll from the continuous rains in parts of Mindanao brought by a low pressure area (LPA) has risen to 24, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
In its latest report, the NDRRMC said three more were reported dead in Misamis Occidental and Agusan Del Sur. One died due to electrocution while the two others drowned.
The other fatalities include six landslide victims in Tarragona, Davao Oriental; six in Cadianao, Dinagat Islands; and one each in Tagum City, Davao del Norte and Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
The NDRRMC said seven people also drowned in Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte; Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur; Maco and New Bataan in Compostela Valley; and Lupon in Davao Oriental.
Twelve people remain missing while 36 were injured.
The NDRRMC said at least 13 landslide incidents and 5 flash flood incidents were reported around Mindanao. Days of intermittent rains affected at least 62,982 families or 299,351 people, and rendered 70 roads and 32 bridges impassable.
Some 235 houses were totally destroyed while 373 others sustained damage.
The deluge also prompted the declaration of state of calamity in Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte; Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella and Tagum City in Davao del Norte; Sta. Josefa and Sibagat in Agusan del Sur; and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
According to the state weather bureau, the LPA now has a bigger chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone.
Samuel Duran, a Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster, said the LPA was heading towards the Pacific Ocean, making its chances of intensifying into a cyclone higher.
"Nag-northeastward siya. Ang masakit niyan eh lalakas ito. Ang LPA ay mataas na ang chance na pwedeng maging bagyo," Duran told radio dzMM.
PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., the LPA was spotted 100 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar.
Duran said from the Pacific Ocean, the LPA will then move west, hitting Eastern Visayas. The LPA is forecast to exit land through Sulu Sea and then hit Palawan area.
"Mabagal ang kilos niya, maaaring by next week nandito pa siya sa loob ng PAR (Philippine area of responsibility)," he said.
In its 24-hour weather forecast for Wednesday, PAGASA said the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy with isolated light rains.