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Low pressure area affecting parts of Mindanao, Visayas

Parts of Mindanao and the Visayas were experiencing rain from the low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, March 10.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) had said that the LPA was 640 kilometers east southeast of Davao City or 675 kilometers east of General Santos City on Wednesday afternoon.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are expected to persist in Mindanao and the Visayas.

PAGASA warned that the rain could be moderate to heavy at times, which may cause flash floods or landslides.

On Wednesday evening, a yellow heavy rainfall warning was issued for parts of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, and Misamis Occidental.

A yellow warning means heavy rain, with possible floods in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.

At the moment, the LPA's chances of developing into a tropical depression are slim, according to PAGASA.

The Philippines has had only one tropical cyclone in 2021, so far – Auring (Dujuan) in February. Auring briefly peaked as a severe tropical storm, dumped heavy rain in Caraga as a tropical storm before hitting land, then made landfall in Northern Samar as a tropical depression.

At least 1 was reported dead, 2 injured, and 4 missing due to Auring, all in Caraga, based on data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

For the next 6 months, these are PAGASA's latest predictions for the number of tropical cyclones:

  • March - 0 or 1
  • April - 0 or 1
  • May - 0 or 1
  • June - 1 or 2
  • July - 1 to 3
  • August - 2 or 3

La Niña, which causes above normal rainfall, still persists. It began in October 2020. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters, handles the business desk, and ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections.

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