‘Domeng’ weakens into tropical depression

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – “Domeng” has weakened into a tropical depression Tuesday and continued to move slowly west northwest at 5 kilometers per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

As of 10:00 p.m. Monday, Domeng was spotted 610 kilometers east of Davao City, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, Pagasa said.

The weather state bureau said Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will experience light rains and isolated thunderstorms.

Domeng is forecast to bring 5-15 millimeters per hour of rain. It is expected to be in the vicinity of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Thursday morning.

On Monday the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Surigao City made preparations for the possible evacuation of residents as Domeng continued to move closer to Mindanao’s eastern seaboard.

City Vice Mayor Danilo C. Menor they have prepared the evacuation centers and purchased relief goods.

Menor has ordered the City Quick Action Response Team to ready all their life-saving equipment such as rubber boats and ambulances, and the City Engineering Office to prepare their heavy equipment for clearing operations.

The official also told residents living in flood- and landslide-prone areas to be on alert. (H. Marcos C. Mordeno and Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)