Residents evacuate as Tropical Storm Vinta hits Surigao Sur

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Hundreds of residents from coastal villages of Hinatuan and other low lying areas of  Surigao del Sur left their homes for safety as  Tropical Storm “Vinta” (Tembin) threaten the province and parts of Caraga region.

This as the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) in a text blast at 10:30 in the evening December 21, 2017 estimated Vinta’s landfall between  Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur anytime tonight or early morning tomorrow.

The Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council urged residents to stay at Hinatuan Gym for safety.

Video courtesy: Baggi Colmenares

In Misamis Oriental, the  local government has  ordered preventive evacuation and urged residents in low-lying areas to proceed to the identified evacuation centers.

In Davao City, The City Government of Davao is asking the residents of to stay indoor as tropical storm Vinta affects the city.

In it’s website, the city government announced “Davao   reiterates the advice for the public, who do not have important matters to attend outside their homes, to stay indoors for the next 24 hours from December 21-22 because of Signal No. 1 brought by Tropical Storm Vinta affecting Mindanao.”

For residents living in flood prone areas and landslide danger zones, the city wants them to “prepare for pre-emptive evacuation whenever ordered by the City Government or conduct their own evacuation when they perceive that their safety is at risk. Everybody is advised to exercise prudence in planning their activities from Dec 21-23.”

But it stated “The City Government will not suspend all office work during the duration of the storm. Private companies are advised to plan for their respective employees.”

The Coast Guard XI suspends the operation of  all types of  seacraft  from Davao City to Samal Island and vice versa has been suspended since 5:00 in the afternoon of December 21.

The PAGASA also posted on its website the:

Press Briefing: Tropical Depression "#UrdujaPH" Monday 5PM, De…

Press Briefing: Tropical Depression "#VintaPH" Thursday 5PM, December 21 , 2017

Posted by Dost_pagasa on Thursday, December 21, 2017


The tropical storm is already 200 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, still moving west at 21 km/h.

Signal number 2 is raised in:

  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island

  • Surigao del Sur

  • Agusan del Norte

  • Agusan del Sur

  • northern Davao Oriental

  • Compostela Valley

  • Davao del Norte

  • Bukidnon

  • Misamis Oriental

  • Camiguin

  • Lanao del Norte

  • Lanao del Sur

Signal number 1, meanwhile, is up over:

  • Southern Leyte

  • southern part of Leyte

  • southern part of Cebu

  • Siquijor

  • Bohol

  • southern Negros Occidental

  • southern Negros Oriental

  • Dinagat Islands

  • Misamis Occidental

  • North Cotabato

  • Maguindanao

  • southern Davao Oriental

  • northern Davao del Sur

  • Zamboanga del Sur

  • Zamboanga del Norte

  • Zamboanga Sibugay

Be informed