Tropical Depression Basyang weakened into a low-pressure area as it approached the Palawan mainland Wednesday, even as authorities warned there are still risks of flooding due to continuous rains.
“While it has been downgraded into an LPA, we continuously monitor flooded areas reported earlier,” PDRRMO Cruzalde Ablaña told Palawan News on Wednesday night.
Ablaña said the flooding was reported at 3 p.m. in Barangay Ransang, Rizal town, affecting around 50 families.
“We’re still getting updates whether they evacuated or not,” he added.
Also under close watch are areas with evacuees, the disaster official said.
As early as Tuesday, Feb. 13., 82 families preemptively evacuated and traveled from Mangsee Island to Poblacion in Balabac town.
In Araceli, 62 families evacuated on Wednesday morning. Some 23 families in Magsaysay town also evacuated on Tuesday night but were sent home on Wednesday morning.
He said evacuees have been provided with food packs by their respective municipal government.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the state-run weather bureau PAGASA has lifted the typhoon warning no. 1 over southern Palawan. However, it warns that the LPA may develop again into a tropical depression.
The weather agency said the province will continue to experience scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains with possible gusty conditions.
On one hand, sea travel remains risky due to rough to very heavy rough seas associated with the surge of the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan.
In Narra, five flood-prone barangays in Narra were placed under close watch by local authorities.
Narra Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) assistant disaster officer Arlie Deles said the barangays of Elvita, Princess Urduja, San Isidro, Calategas, and Malinao, have all been placed on alert.
“Since yesterday, we kept on texting our barangays to prepare for the typhoon,” he told Palawan News.
Deles said they specifically directed the village heads to prepare their volunteers for immediate mobilization.
“The marching order is don’t wait for the floodwaters to go high, do preemptive evacuation immediately,” he added.