Flood waters are now starting to slowly recede following devastating floods brought in by Agaton/Lingling over the course of the past week. This storm never became all that strong and maxed out as a weak tropical storm over the weekend via JMA. But its consistent heavy rainfall for nearly two weeks has led to severe flooding.
In northern Mindanao code red was issued on Monday prompting forced of evacuations of 100,000 people due to rising flood waters. The worst of this in Cagayan De Oro a flood prone area that suffered severe damage due to a Tropical Storm in 2011 named Washi.
At least 40 deaths have occurred due to floods and landslides from the storm. People are also still missing lost in the confusion of some of the evacuations and rapid river rise.
Schools and governmental offices have also been shot down for thousands of people over the course of the past week. In some way ship or form the NDRRMC estimates up to a half a million people were impacted by this storm.
Disaster officials are now estimating damage cost from this relatively weak but persistent storm could tally up to 727 million US Dollars.
Once again the storm now to the east of the Philippines is weakening but showers will still linger in to the weekend. Good news it will not be nearly as heavy nor nearly as wide spread as we seen through the start of January. Still the risk of flooding is there as any showers that do occur will fall on already saturated grounds causing a heightened risk of floods.
In November 2013 Eastern Visayas was hit with one of the strongest tropical systems ever seen during the Satellite age. The storm resulted in over 6,000 deaths and wide spread devastation in similar areas that are seeing flooding this week.