MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from tropical depression "Crising" has risen to two, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.
The NDRRMC said both fatalities, Francisco Digaynon and Erwin Campana, drowned in Compostela Valley.
Two people were also reported missing. They were identified as Percelo Apolinario and Suden Abdullah.
Apolinario, 63, went missing while crossing a river in Barangay Magugba, Libacao, Aklan. On the other hand, Abdullah, a fisherman, was not able to return from his expedition due to large waves off Maitum, Sarangani Province.
The NDRRMC said 3,950 sought refuge in evacuation centers in Mindanao. At least 120,269 residents were affected by the tropical depression.
Weather bureau PAGASA said Crising is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Friday morning.
In its 5 a.m. Thursday bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical depression was moving closer to southern Palawan, the only area under public storm warning signal number 1.
Crising was still packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center. It has also maintained its west-northwest direction at 15 kph.
As of 4 a.m., Crising was spotted 450 kms northwest of Zamboanga City. It will be 430 kms southwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside PAR by Friday morning.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 - 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) over areas in MIMAROPA,
CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao.
PAGASA warned residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas in southern Palawan to watch out for flashfloods and landslides.
Likewise, fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and southern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of central Luzon and Visayas.