MANILA (Updated, 10:32 a.m.) -- Tropical Depression Zoraida, the 25th cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year, has made landfall in Cagayan, Davao Oriental at around 9 a.m., the state weather agency said Tuesday morning.
Several areas all over the Philippines have been placed under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1, as Zoraida is packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the tropical depression is forecast to move northwest at 30 kph.
Under Signal Number 1:
-Northern Palawan including the Calamian Group
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
-Surigao del Norte
-Surigao del Sur
-Davao del Norte including Samal Island
-Northern Davao del Sur
-Lanao del Norte
-Lanao del Sur
-Northern Zamboanga del Norte
-Zamboanga del Sur
These areas will experience 30 kph to 60 kph winds in at least 36 hours, Pagasa said.
Tropical Depression Zoraida
Satellite image of Tropical Depression Zoraida (Source: US NOAA)
Zoraida is expected to bring estimated rainfall amount of five to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within its 300-kilometer diameter.
It is expected to be at 123 kilometers (km) south southwest of Iloilo City by Wednesday morning and at 517 km west of Coron, Palawan by Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 890 km west northwest of Coron, Palawan.
Pagasa warned that sea travel is risky over the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon.
Although not as strong as Typhoon Yolanda, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje called on local government officials to conduct preemptive evacuation in low-lying and landslide-prone areas in Bohol, Cebu and Southern Leyte to avoid casualties.
“Nothing can be construed as over-preparedness at this time,” Paje said.
Landslides are possible, he said, because soil conditions in areas ravaged by Yolanda have been either saturated by rains or loosened by uprooted trees.
Government teams had also monitored cracks in quake-hit Cebu and Bohol, where several sinkholes were found.
“These are also additional areas of concern as possible sites for landslides,” Paje said.
He also urged Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado to conduct preemptive evacuation in landslide-prone areas in his province, particularly Barangay Guinsaugon in St. Bernard town, which was buried by massive landslides in 2006.
No casualty was reported in the province after Yolanda's onslaught last week.
Paje asked local officials to consult geohazard maps, which the Mines and Geosciences Bureau distributed to all local government units nationwide to indicate landslide and flood-prone areas