MAASIN NEWS – Visayas is expected to experience moderate to heavy rains in the next three days as Tropical Depression Seniang slowly makes landfall over Surigao del Sur this morning.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that residents of the Visayas and Mindanao regions should prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides as Seniang drops heavy rains over these areas in the next days.
In Maasin City, residents earlier today have reported a notable rise in the water level of the river passing through Barangay Tunga-tunga. Rains began to pour in this city yesterday morning.
“More intense rains are expected in areas near the center of the cyclone’s 150-kilometer radius,” PAGASA senior weather forecaster Jun Galang said, adding that several regions including Negros Occidental, Northern Mindanao, Central Visayas and the provinces of Leyte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte will experience gusty winds.
Seniang is packing winds of up to 55 km per hour near the center and is projected to move west-northwest at a sluggish 13 kilometers per hour.
Storm signal no. 1 is currently in effect over Southern Leyte, Leyte, Bohol, Camotes Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Negros Occidental the Dinagat province, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, and Zamboanga del Norte.
The typhoon is projected to pass through Dipolog City Tuesday afternoon and Palawan by Wednesday. It will exit the Philippine area of responsibility on January 2. PAGASA has warned against rough to very rough seas in Visayas due to Seniang and the northeast monsoon.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered all affected areas to immediately implement disaster risk reduction management measures