MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains in Visayas and Mindanao caused by Tropical Storm Kabayan forced many individuals to evacuate.
Over 82,703 individuals evacuated from their homes, around 67,105 sought shelter in evacuation centers in Northern Mindanao, Davao region, and 7,000 in CARAGA.
As per the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), approximately 22,000 individuals were evacuated in anticipation of the impact of Kabayan in Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao region, and CARAGA.
The disaster agency reported that Kabayan led to at least one person sustaining injuries, and an individual from the Davao region was declared missing. Following its landfall in Davao Oriental on Monday morning, Kabayan weakened into a low-pressure area as it continuously traveled in the challenging terrain of Mindanao.
As of Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned of the ongoing risk of flash floods and landslides in Visayas, Mindanao, MIMAROPA, Bicol region, Quezon province, and Aurora due to precipitation caused by the Low-Pressure Area (LPA) and the shear line.
The government has earmarked a total of P92,676 in assistance to aid affected residents. Notably, the Philippines has encountered fewer storms in 2023 compared to any year in the past 25 years, with only 11 cyclones making landfall or approaching the country so far this year, a considerable reduction from the usual average of 20.
In its 4 p.m. update on Monday, PAGASA reported that Kabayan was located near Impasug-ong in Bukidnon province, moving northwestward at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour. The forecast anticipated a continued northwestward or west-northwestward trajectory over the next two days, with a subsequent path across the Sulu Sea, south of Cagayancillo Islands.
Kabayan, combined with the presence of a shear line, a zone where cold and warm air converge is expected to impact weather conditions across various regions. Until Tuesday afternoon, provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) and Bicol regions, as well as the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, are projected to experience cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms and rainfall.