The Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) cautioned Dabawenyos, not just about the effects of Tropical Depression (TD) “Pepito”, which was heading to the northern part of the country as of 3 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, but also about five more TDs that are expected to also affect the Davao Region before the year ends.

CDRRMO chief Alfredo Baloran, in an interview with the City Information Office on Monday, October 19, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) informed that the city will experience the effects of the five TDs from October to December this year.

“Walo ka tropical depressions ang expected pero as of October 19, nakasinati na ta og tulo (Eight tropical depressions were expected but we already experienced three as of October 19),” he said, adding that two or three more TDs might be coming in late October or November while one or two more will occur in December.

Meanwhile, Baloran reminded the public to be on alert about the possibility of flooding and landslides due to the expected moderate to heavy rain showers with localized thunderstorms brought about by TD `Pepito’.

He said ‘Pepito’ was a low pressure area monitored on the eastern portion of the Davao Gulf, which developed into a TD.

`Pepito’, he said, has affected Mindanao, particularly the Davao Region.

Localized thunderstorms with rains that could affect low-lying and flood-prone and landslide-prone areas are to be expected during the rest of the week.

Baloran said, “Mag-ampo lang gud ta nga hopefully kining tropical depression dili lang jud muagi sa atong lugar diri sa Davao Region para dili pud ta kasinati og mga danyos (Let’s just pray and hope that the TD won’t pass or hit the Davao Region so that we won’t suffer damages).”

He, however, said directly-affected barangays in the city are preparing the evacuation centers for residents in flood-prone areas. Baloran said these barangays still need to find alternative evacuation centers to minimize the number of evacuees so that health protocols, such as social distancing, can be implemented.

The heavy downpour over the weekend, according to him, increased the water levels of river channels. Portions of the Davao River overflowed and the water level increased in Bankerohan and Lasang rivers. The water from the hinterlands and the high tide further caused the increase in the water level of the river channels.

Baloran reminded the public to stay alert and listen to advisories since rain showers with thunderstorms will still be experienced during the week. CIO