MANILA -- Tropical Depression Chedeng on Monday slowed down and maintained its strength, threatening large swaths of Mindanao with moderate to heavy rains, the state weather bureau said.
Chedeng was 650 kilometers east of Davao City at 4 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
The storm's occasionally heavy rains may trigger floods and landslides in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte on Monday, and in most parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, the agency warned.
Moving west at 15 kph, Chedeng may hit land over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental early Tuesday and weaken into a low pressure area after, said PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza.
At 5 a.m., PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 over Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao Occidental, the southern part of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, and the eastern parts of North Cotabato and Sarangani.
These areas are expected to be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in 36 hours, said the weather agency.
Chedeng comes as several southern provinces tallied millions of pesos in agricultural losses due to a dry spell that has also prompted a state of calamity.
Meanwhile, the northern provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes will experience scattered light rains due to the amihan or northeast monsoon, Mendoza told radio DZMM.
A water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas has brought misery to about a million residents since last week.
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