By NITZ ARANCON
and FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent .
TROPICAL depression “Chedeng” is expected to make landfall in Mindanao today but it would likely not bring much rain in Region 10, said a weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s station in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.
Pagasa’s Daizy Flores said Chedeng entered the Philippine area on Sunday and as of 11 am yesterday, the third tropical depression to hit the country this year was 445 kilometers east of Davao City.
Flores said Chedeng was packing maximum winds of 20 kilometers per hour near the center, and it would likely not directly affect northern Mindanao. Earlier, at 5 am yesterday, Pagasa said Chedeng was packing winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour near the center and moving west at 15 kph.
It is expected to make landfall on the eartern part of Davao Oriental, where it would bring rains to farmlands that have dried up due to a dry spell since January.
She however said northern Mindanao would continue to see an extension of Chedeng’s cloud band while it moves across southern parts of Mindanao where Pagasa has hoisted tropical storm warning signal no. 1
Signal no. 1 was also raised over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte.
“Kon duna tay mga pag-ulan sa Region 10, light to moderate lang ug dili pud magdugay,” Flores said. “Pag-abot ani nga bagyo sa western Philippines, mahimo na kini nga low pressure area.”
Pagasa weather specialist Joseph Lucero said the last time most of Mindanao experienced rainfall was in January.
The Department of Agriculture in northern Mindanao had already reported incidents of farm animals dying from lack of food and water.
Pagasa earlier said a weak El Niño phenomenon may last until May this year.