Thousands fled their flooded homes in the Caraga region as Tropical Depression Auring (Dujuan) crawled towards the southeastern Philippines on Monday.
Slow-moving Auring inundated large parts of Eastern Mindanao over the weekend as the Amihan or cold winds blowing from the northeast weakened its winds before impact, estimated later on Monday.
Rescue boats from the Coast Guard navigated flooded streets while Army troops carried the elderly out of their houses in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. The coastal city of Tandag suffered "massive" flooding, said Surigao del Sur Gov. Ayec Pimentel.
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Some 50,000 people were evacuated in Caraga over the weekend while relief supplies were prepositioned, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The Amihan and mountainous terrain on impact in the Dinagat Islands and Eastern Samar area will further weaken Auring, which could dissipate into a low pressure area in 24 hours. However, the threat of rains remains, PAGASA said.
At 4 a.m., the eye of Auring was located 195 kilometers east of Maasin City, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph with 55 kph gusts.
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On Monday, PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over the Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Aurora and the rest of Visayas, MIMAROPA, and CALABARZON.
On Tuesday, there will be light to moderate with at times heavy rains over CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Bulacan, Aurora, Isabela, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Batanes.