Third Tropical Depression of 2014 Approaches Philippines

A low pressure area over the western Pacific Ocean east of Mindanoa, Philippines, has developed into a Tropical Depression and has been designated the name “Caloy”, the third tropical depression to form in the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) in 2014, after Kajiki and Agaton.

Heavy rains have affected the southern Philippines over the last few days, with flooding incidents reported on Wednesday 19 March in the municipalities of Asuncion, Davao del Norte and Naburnturan, Compostela Valley, both in the Davao Region of Mindanao. Continuous rains have caused water levels to rise in the Saug and Manat Rivers in Asuncion and Nabunturan respectively.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) bulletin of Friday morning 21 March, approximately 16,935 people in 3,387 households have been affected so far, with 330 families from the two municipalities having been evacuated as a precaution.

Emergency services and volunteers have been deployed and assorted relief items distributed to the affected families.

A total of 11 areas had been placed under public storm warning Signal No. 1 by late Friday morning as “Caloy” continues to approach Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental in eastern Mindanao late Friday morning, accelerating slightly.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said on Friday 21 March in its 11am local time bulletin that “Caloy” was last tracked 330 kilometers (206mi) east-northeast of Davao City with winds of 45km/h (28mph) near the center as it moved west at 11km/h (7mph).

PAGASA expects “Caloy” to be 95km (59mi) northeast of Davao City by Saturday morning and 70km (44mi) north of Cotabato City on Sunday morning.

Source: PAGSA
Source: PAGSA

The storm is expected to generate moderate to heavy rainfall of 5-15 mm (0.2”-0.6”) per hour within its 300km diameter, and residents in low-lying and mountainous areas have been warned of possible flash floods and landslides.

Sources: NDRRMC