Public warned on ‘Auring’ onslaught; 4,654 barangays in PH at risks of flooding, landslides

Published February 18, 2021, 9:38 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Disaster management officials advised on Thursday, Feb. 18, the residents of Bicol region and the eastern part of the Visayas and Mindanao to prepare for possible widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides as tropical depression ‘Auring’ threatens to dump heavy downpour in the country in the coming days. 

The weather disturbance was spotted at eastern part of Surigao del Sur and is expected to intensify as it moves towards the Philippines. It is expected to intensify into tropical storm before its landfall on Saturday evening or Sunday morning over Caraga region.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has already identified 4,654 barangays susceptible to landslide and flood in Bicol, Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga. 

The list is now being cascaded to the LGUs for maximum preparation.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be raised over several provinces of Caraga and Davao region on Friday.

“We are calling on our regional counterparts, the Local Government Units (LGUs), and the public to prepare as Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ will bring heavy to intense rains which may cause flooding and rain-induced landslides in highly susceptible areas,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a statement.

Caraga and Davao Oriental will experience moderate to heavy rains while Eastern and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and the rest of Davao region will experience light to moderate with at times heavy rains on Saturday.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be felt over Surigao provinces, Dinagat islands, Eastern Visayas, Masbate, and the northern portion of Cebu on Saturday evening through Sunday. 

Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced in Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, and Marinduque while light to moderate with at times heavy rains over CALABARZON, Northern Mindanao, Davao region, and the rest of Bicol region, Visayas, and Caraga.

The NDRRMC held a Pre Disaster Risk Assessment meeting this afternoon to prepare for the impacts of ‘Auring’ and is continuously coordinating with the regional DRRMCs and member agencies.

Advisories from the Department of the Interior and Local Government were also released to the LGUs.

“The NDRRMC continues to assess the possible impacts of ‘Auring’ based. The public is advised to monitor weather updates and heed authorities’ warnings. Local Government Units are reminded to strictly implement minimum public health standards in their operations,” the NDRRMC said in a statement.