TD Seniang weakens towards Palawan, leaves 35 dead


MANILA, Dec 31 -– Tropical Storm “Seniang” has weakened into a tropical depression Wednesday, due to its land interaction in Visayas and partly due to the northeast monsoon or hangin amihan, according to state weather agency PAGASA.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in its Wednesday morning update, announced that 35 people were killed by flashflood and landslides triggered by inclement weather brought by Topical Storm “Seniang” which lashed communities in the Visayas and Mindanao.

PAGASA in its 10:00 a.m. update, has lowered storm signal in Palawan to number 1 on Wednesday morning,

Palawan will experience moderate to heavy rains with occasional gusty winds, under PSWS No. 1. The tropical depression is projected to make a landfall in the province by Thursday morning.

Palawan is also estimated to experience rainfall amounting between 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 300 km diameter of Seniang.

As of 9:00 a.m., Seniang is estimated at 245 kilometers south southeast of Cuyo, Palawan. It is forecast to move west southwest at 13 kilometers per hour (kph).

By Thursday morning, “Seniang” is estimated to be located at 220 km South of Puerto Princesa City.

Missing persons
According to NDRRMC eight persons were also reported missing as of this posting while 26 others were hurt.

The death toll is broken down as follows: 16 in Region VII, 12 in Region VIII, three in Region X, two in Region XI and two in CARAGA.

Most of those killed were either drowned in the flash floods or buried alive by landslides, the NDRRMC said.

“Seniang” has so far affected a total of 121,737 persons, or 27,397 families, in Region VI, VII, X, XI and CARAGA. Of these, 5,046 families were evacuated. (from PNA reports)

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