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PIA News Service - Sunday, February 12, 2012

Butuan flights not cancelled despite LPA in Surigao del Sur

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA)
– Despite the presence of low pressure in the vicinity of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of today’s 5:00 a.m. report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), flights in Butuan City to Manila and Cebu City is not cancelled.

According to management of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) here, no cancellation of flight have been advised for today. They added they have only one Butuan-Manila flight scheduled at 12:50 p.m. daily.

However, the management said further advisory will be released at 11:30 a.m. today, Feb. 12.

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific Airlines management said Butuan-Cebu flight this morning has already departed at 8:15 while passengers bound for Manila are now getting ready and is expected to depart at around 10:30 a.m.

Next flights are scheduled at 2 pm and 4 pm, respectively.

According to PAGASA, at 2:00 am today, the low pressure area (LPA) was estimated based on radar, satellite and surface data in the vicinity of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.5°N, 126.0°E).

Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms with widespread rains over Southern Tagalog, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

The rest of Luzon will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast over Luzon and coming from the Northeast and East over Visayas and blowing from the East to Northeast over Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PIA-Caraga)
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RDRRMC-Caraga intensifies preparations for the effects of LPA

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA)
-- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has intensified preparations for the effects of Low Pressure Area (LPA) for which the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that as of 2:00 a.m. today, LPA was estimated based on radar, satellite and surface data in the vicinity of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

As per report submitted to National DRRMC, the region’s disaster risk reduction and management council has alerted local government units and likely to be affected communities to continuously monitor changes in the water level of river channels.

Caraga RDRRMC also reported a pre-emptive evacuation is on standby mode, and once the critical level signaling for evacuation occurs, the 26th and 29th Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army are already positioned to carry out the evacuation plan.

The Philippine Army is helping communities in the region to monitor the weather condition which have shifted from light to moderate rains since early Saturday morning, February 11, 2012.

In a related development, Hinatuan DRRM officer Josephine Laciperos said residents along coastal barangays have been alerted since last night.

Hinatuan Mayor Candelario Viola already disseminated an advisory to take necessary precautionary measures and not to venture on the sea due to the LPA in the vicinity of Hinatuan town.

However, as of 10:56 a.m., cloudy skies prevailed over Hinatuan and no flooded areas have been reported yet, while intermittent light rainfall is observed in the northern part of the province of Surigao del Sur. (PIA-Caraga)