MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – Classes were suspended Tuesday in parts of Mindanao due to bad weather, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced.
On Twitter, the DepEd said classes in the following areas have been suspended:
- Agusan del Norte (all levels, public and private)
- Butuan City (all levels, public and private; work in government and private sector included)
- Dinagat Islands (all levels, public and private)
- San Miguel, Surigao del Sur (all levels)
- Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (all levels, public and private)
PRESCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY
- Cagayan de Oro (preschool and elementary, public and private)
PRESCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL
- Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (preschool to high school)
- Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (preschool to high school, public and private)
The low pressure area off Mindanao, which had intensified into a tropical depression named "Agaton" before being downgraded back to LPA category, has already claimed 42 lives and left eight others missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
PAGASA forecaster Gladys Saludes said numerical models revealed that parts of Visayas and Mindanao which have been experiencing moderate to heavy rains for over a week already will have to bear with bad weather for two to three more days.
PAGASA said due to the LPA, the regions of Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao, and the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The rest of Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. The rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.