Following in the wake of Tropical Storm Jangmi (known in the Philippines as Seniang), which killed over 60 people, an area of low pressure (LPA) over Mindanao and Visayas in the Philippines has prompted concern over prolonged heavy rainfall and flooding in the region.
In Mindanao over the weekend, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council advised local disaster councils to take precautionary measures for possible floods and landslides due to continuous rains brought by the LPA. Authorities were asked to focus on the safety of residents living along the low-lying areas, landslide and flood-prone areas.
Over 25,000 Evacuated
It is as yet unclear how severe the most recent flooding has been since the warnings were issued. Any further rainfall would worsen an already poor situation, coming so soon after the damage left behind by Tropical Storm Jangmi / Seniang.
What is clear, however, is that the flood warnings have been heeded and evacuations carried out. As of Monday 12 January 2015, 65 evacuation centres were housing 26,394 people from 5,041 families in Caraga, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (pdf) (NDRRMC). The NDRRMC said the evacuations were prompted by flooding and landslides in the area.
The evacuations come exactly one year to the day when a similar LPA hit Mindanao in January 2014, causing flash flooding and landslides. 13 people were reported as killed as a result of floods or landslides and around 4,500 evacuated.