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1 dead, thousands evacuate
as ‘Crising’ hits Mindanao

One was reported dead and thousands evacuated as typhoon Crising battered the entire Davao region yesterday, disaster officials said.

Liza Mazo, regional director of the Office of the Civil Defense, said Francisco Digaynon of Barangay Andap, New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, was swept away by rampaging floodwaters while crossing a river.

Andap was also heavily devastated by typhoon Pablo on December 4 that left hundreds of fatalities.

Mazo said more than 4,000 families were preemptively evacuated, particularly in areas of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, del Sur, del Norte and Davao City.

Weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said Crising made landfall in Balahunan, Davao del Sur at around 1 p.m. yesterday and is expected to make landfall today in Basilan and then in southern Palawan.

He said that, as of 4 p.m. yesterday, Crising was at 80 km southwest of General Santos City (5.7°N, 124.5°E), packing maximum winds of 45 kph near the center and moving west northwest at 24 kph.

He said 22 provinces were placed under signal no. 1 (45-60 kph winds): Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Samal Island, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, southern part of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

It advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

PAGASA said Crising is expected to be at 250 km west of Zamboanga City this afternoon and at 500 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City tomorrow.

Mindanao and Palawan will experience rains and gusty winds while Visayas will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Owners of fishing boats and other small seacraft are still advised not to venture out into the eastern or northern seaboards due to strong to gale force northeasterly surface wind flow.*PNA

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