Basyang's storm surges might affect 1M people: GDACS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2014 08:09 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2014 08:47 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Potential storms surges that can be caused by tropical storm Basyang (international name Kajiki) might affect almost a million people in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) warned on Friday.

GDACS, a project of the United Nations, the European Commission, and disaster managers worldwide, said low-lying coastal areas in central, western, and eastern Visayas, as well as northern Mindanao on the path of the cyclone are most vulnerable.

GDACS, which also issued storm surge warnings ahead of super typhoon Yolanda's landfall in November, has yet to estimate the height of the potential storm surges that Basyang might generate.

It also warned that the tropical storm, which made landfall over Siargao island early Friday night, could affect up to 11.5 million people.

GDACS said the following areas with large populations will be affected by Basyang:

Kabankalan
Argao
Tanjay
Mambajao
Silay
San Jose
Talisay
Iloilo
Danao
Cebu
Calamba
Dumaguete
Bacolod

It has also raised an orange alert for rain being carried by Basyang. GDACs said the cyclone is bringing as up to 25mm per hour rainfall, with medium likelihood for flash floods.

State weather bureau PAGASA on Friday issued a similar warning on storm surges that can be generated by Basyang.

It said people living in coastal areas under storm signal number 2 should be on alert against storm surges.

Public storm warning signal number 2 has been hoisted over the following areas:

Northern Palawan
Calamian group of islands
Aklan
Antique
Capiz
Iloilo
Guimaras
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
Siquijor
Cebu
Camotes Island
Bohol
Leyte
Southern Leyte
Biliran Province
Samar
Eastern Samar
Camiguin
Dinagat Province
Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island
Northern part of Surigao del Sur
Northern part of Agusan del Norte

HEAVY RAINFALL, FLOODS

PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains were affecting parts of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Dinagat, Surigao del Sur, and Camiguin as of 6 pm.

PAGASA, at around 5 p.m. Friday, issued a yellow rainfall alert on the southern part of Eastern Samar and Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran Island.

"Flooding is threatening in in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas," the weather bureau said.