NDRRMC on ‘blue’ alert due to TD ‘Marce’

MANILA — Disaster management officials are on blue alert status as Tropical Depression “Marce” is expected to make landfall over Surigao province Thursday afternoon.

“All concerned regional and local DRRM councils were advised to take appropriate actions related to the tropical depression. The public is advised to take precautionary measures and monitor updates through TV, radio and social media,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive Ricardo Jalad said in a statement.

In its 4 a.m. bulletin Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said “Marce” was estimated at 240 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum winds of 45 kph.

It is moving west northwest at 17kph. Moderate to heavy rains is expected within the 200km diameter of the tropical depression.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised in the provinces of Southern Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

Provinces under signal number 1 may experience moderate to heavy rainfall as residents are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Small seacrafts are not allowed to venture out in the sea while larger seacrafts are alerted against big waves.

PAGASA said “Marce” is likely to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday morning. PNA-northboundasia.com