'Crising' makes landfall in Davao del Sur, Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News NetworkMANILA -- Tropical depression “Crising” made landfall Tuesday afternoon over the southern tip of Davao del Sur as it moved in a west-northwest direction, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Crising carries maximum winds of 45 kph near its center and is seen to move west-northwest at 22 kph.
Local authorities on Tuesday urged residents of flood-prone areas in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley to move to safer ground as tropical depression “Crising” made land fall in Davao del Sur.
Gov. Arturo Uy ordered the preemptive evacuation of hundreds of families in Compostela and New Bataan towns in Compostela Valley as the province braced itself for yet another storm in the wake last December's devastating typhoon Pablo.
Raul Villocino, provincial disaster officer, said local disaster teams have also been put on standby and rubber boats and other rescue equipment dispatched to Compostela town in the event of another flooding.
The town, one of those badly hit by last December's typhoon, was also devastated by the flooding that affected a large area in southern Mindanao late last month.