DSWD Region 2 readying for possible landfall of Tropical Depression ‘Florita’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 2 assured it has enough food and non-food items to deliver in the event Tropical Depression 'Florita' makes a landfall in Cagayan and Isabela.

Photo from DSWD Region 2 via Liezle Inigo

The agency has available 18,582 family food packs worth P10,368,576.25 and 5610 available non-food items P5,050,694.25

These non-food items include kitchen kit, hygiene kit, sleeping kit, family clothing kit, family tent, modular tent, folding bed, malong, mosquito nets, laminated socks and collapsible water containers.

The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) teams, Provincial/City/Municipal action teams and Quick Response Teams of the agency have been directed to be on alert and monitor the weather reports in different towns in the region.

Florita’s location was estimated at 540 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (17.1°N, 126.8°E), based on tropical cyclone Bulletin No. 2 issued at 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2022.

Florita is packing a maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 70 km/h, and central pressure of 1000 hPa.

Signal no. 1 (strong winds prevailing or expected within the next 36 hours) has been raised over the following areas:

The northern portion of Aurora (Dilasag), the eastern portion of Isabela (Dinapigue, Palanan, Divilacan,Maconacon, San Pablo, Cabagan, Tumauini, Ilagan City, San Mariano), and the eastern portion of Cagayan (Peñablanca, Baggao)

Track and intensity outlook

Tropical Depression ‘FLORITA’ will continue moving generally west southwestward in the next 12 hours before turning westward on Monday morning, Aug. 22, then west northwestward by Tuesday, Aug. 23, towards Northern Luzon. On the forecast track, the center of this tropical cyclone is forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of Cagayan or northern portion of Isabela on Tuesday morning or afternoon, Aug. 23.

Afterwards, the center of ‘FLORITA’ will move west northwestward and cross several provinces in Northern Luzon before emerging over the West Philippine Sea by early morning of Wednesday, Aug. 24.