MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday said the death toll due to flashfloods induced by the inter-tropical convergence zone has climbed to 20.
Eight persons were killed in Central Visayas, two in Western Visayas, six in the Zamboanga Peninsula, and four in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. All of them died by drowning, the NDRRMC said.
In Negros Oriental, Palomar Lafranco and Erwin Cadimas are still reported missing, it added.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, meanwhile, placed Metro Manila under public storm warning signal no. 2 as typhoon "Santi" intensified further as it moves closer to Aurora province.
Weather forecaster Chris Perez said that, as of 5 p.m. yesterday, the eye of the typhoon was located at 145 km east southeast of Baler, Aurora (15.3°N, 123.0°E), and forecasted to move west at 15 kph.
Santi's wind strength increased from 130 kph to 150 kph yesterday afternoon, and its gustiness rose from 160 kph to 185 kph.
Perez said public storm warning signal no. 3 was raised over Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Mt. Province, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Quezon, Polilio Island and Northern Zambales, where winds of more than 100 kph up to 185 kph will be expected in at least 18 hours.
Twelve areas, including Metro Manila, have been placed under storm warning signal no.2 (61-100 kph winds): Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, the rest of Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal and rest of Quezon Province.
Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds) was hoisted over Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Lubang Islands, Marinduque, Camarines Provinces, Northern Mindoro and Catanduanes.
Pagasa said Santi may bring rainfall of 7.5 to 30.0 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 500-km diameter of the typhoon.
Perez said that Santi is expected to make a landfall over Aurora-Isabela today, and exit the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow evening.
He said strong to gale-force winds may affect the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and of Visayas.
“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," the Pagasa advisory said.
Perez said they are also monitoring a tropical depression hovering off Pacific Ocean, that may enter the country on Monday and will be named “Tino.”*PNA
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