TACLOBAN CITY – Several local government units in Samar provinces have suspended work in government offices and online classes on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Dante threatened to cross the Eastern Visayas region.
Executive orders have been issued by local chief executives of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Catbalogan and Calbayog Cities in Samar, Borongan City in Eastern Samar, and Pinabacdao in Samar.
Since Monday night, some areas in Eastern Visayas have been placed under signal No. 2 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of Tuesday morning, signal No. 2 is up in all provinces in the region as the center of "Dante" was located 270 kilometers east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
It was moving west-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness up to 90 kilometers per hour.
The weather bureau also warned that heavy rains brought by the tropical storm may trigger flooding in major river systems in the Eastern Visayas region.
In an advisory, PAGASA identified several rivers in six provinces that would likely be affected by the downpour.
These rivers are Sangputan, Palo, Solano, Daguitan, Marabong, Cadacan, Bongquirogon, Salug, Pagbanagaran, Pagsangahan, and Binahaan in Leyte; and Catarman, Bugko, Pambujan, Catubig, Palapag, Mano, and Gamay in Northern Samar.
Other affected rivers are in Oras, Dolores, Ulot, Taft, Borongan, Suribao, Llorente, Balangiga, and Sulat in Eastern Samar; Basey, Silaga, Calbiga, and Jibatan in Samar; Bisay, Himbangan, and Pandan in Southern Leyte; and all river systems in Biliran.
People living in low-lying areas near these river systems have been advised to stay alert for possible flash floods.
Those residing near mountain slopes have been told to watch out for signs of landslides. (PNA)