'Agaton' downgraded to LPA; over 100,000 displaced


Posted at Jan 20 2014 10:31 AM | Updated as of Jan 20 2014 08:36 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – Tropical depression "Agaton" has been downgraded to a low pressure area (LPA) even as over 100,000 Filipinos fled its fury and sought shelter, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

PAGASA said all public storm warning signals have been lifted after Agaton weakened.

The state weather bureau, however, said the LPA will still bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao Region.

Sea travel also remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Caraga Region.

As of 10 a.m., the center of the LPA was located 400 kilometers east southeast of Davao City.

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada told Radio dzMM that the LPA may soon dissipate due to lack of favorable sea conditions.

Before intensifying into tropical depression "Agaton", the LPA had brought heavy rains in parts of Mindanao, leaving at least 40 people dead and six others missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC said the tropical depression affected 153,193 families or 723,517 persons.

Out of the total affected, 25,495 families or 119,605 persons were displaced and took shelter inside 352 evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC said at least 16 landslide incidents, six flash flood incidents, and two maritime incidents were reported around Mindanao.

Some 711 houses were totally destroyed while 1,076 others sustained damage.

Twenty-four bridges and 59 roads remain impassable. The amount of damage to infrastructure and agriculture is now at P328,814,336.92.

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, Sibagat and Bunawan in Agusan del Sur; Butuan City in Agusan del Norte; Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental; and Liang, Tago, San Miguel and Bislig in Surigao del Sur.