TS Seniang Monitoring – Consolidated Update No. 1

29 DECEMBER 2014 | 7PM

General Situation



Seniang started as a Low Pressure Area in the Pacific Ocean. Despite predictions that it was not likely to intensify into a storm, the LPA steadily gained windspeed and became a Tropical Depression and then a Tropical Storm before it made its landfall in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur 3:45 AM of Monday, December 29, 2014.

As of Monday 29 December 2014, 5PM PAG-ASA reported that Tropical Storm Seniang is now traversing the Bohol Sea. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 65kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph. It is forecasted to move West Northwest at 11kph. It is forecasted to be 100km of Dumaguete City on Tuesday afternoon, and will be 360km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City by Thursday.

There is an estimated 7.5-15mm of rainfall per hour (moderate to heavy) within the 300km diameter of Seniang. Ocean waves are predicted to reach up to 4 meters.


General Actions Done



  1. This morning, the Balay Mindanaw Information Management Team was reactivated to monitor TS Seniang.
  2. Monitoring being done via community-based teams and partners.
  3. Peace Center and Kalambuan Center opened as evacuation centers.


Area Reports



Surigao del Sur


Team CaLia reported that moderate to heavy rains had already been hitting the province since December 27. The whole province had been under Storm Signal No. 1.

By the evening of December 28, it was reported that there was no electricity in the area. The Tago and Hubo rivers were already at above normal levels. The Incident Command System was activated with all teams on alert mode, and LDRRMC meetings had been conducted. Barangay Mat-e at this time had already conducted preemptive evacuation, prioritizing families at riverside barangays. The 102 families were evacuated to the Barangay Hall. A landslide was reported at the mountain barangay Tubo-tubo. Clearing operations were ongoing at the time.

At 1AM, the Buhisan Bridge in San Agustin was unpassable to all vehicles. The temporary bridge was also destroyed by running waters. Vehicles from Surigao del Norte had to pass by KM 90 to get to Surigao del Sur.

At 3:45AM of December 29, the TS made landfall in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The whole province was then under Storm Signal No. 2. All lowland barangyas in San Miguel and Tago were already submerged in water. Evacuation had also begun in Barangays Poblacion, Ban-as and Payasan in Lianga. At this time, intense rains with strong winds were still hitting the province.

At 7:30PM today, there were reports of severe damages in Cagwait, although exact data is still being gathered. The communities reported no electricity and water in the area. Houses had also been damaged by trees felled by the wind.


  • Team CaLia is maintaining contact with the Incident Comment Team and the communities in Cagwait and Lianga.


Cagayan de Oro City




As TS Seniang made its 3:45 AM landfall in Eastern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro City was under Storm Signal No. 2 and all its rivers and tributaries remained at normal levels.

By 10:50AM, however, the CDRRMC reported a gradual rise in the water levels at the Mambuaya and Taguanao monitoring stations. Rainfall in the past 24 hours was about 52.5mm. In the next 24 hours (from 8am today to 8am tomorrow), rainfall is estimated to be 110 to 200mm.

By 1:30PM, barangays in flood-prone areas commenced pre-emptive evacuation. At 3PM, the CDRRMC reported that Mambuaya water station had already risen to critical levels. The Taguanao station also reported a slow rise to alert water levels. This meant that the riverside barangays of Nicdao, Pualas, Balulang, Macasandig, Nazareth and Carmen; the low-lying barangays of Lapasan and Consolacion; and the coastal barangays of Macabalan, Bayabas and Puntod were at risk for floods. In coastal Barangay Bonbon, water level rise was already approaching critical levels.

At 5PM, the water level gauge at Cagayan bridge had already risen to more than 5 meters. Cagayan de Oro was promptly put under Code Red, signalling the implementation of forced evacuation in communities at risk.




The following is the evacuee data from both the CSWD and the BDRRMCs:

Evacuation Center Time of last update
  1. of families
  2. of individuals
senior citizens pwd/cwd pregnant mothers lactating mothers
macasandig covered court 5PM 96 373 6 2 2 3
west city central school 4:30PM 59 243 8 3 4
brgy 7 hall 7PM 5 17 2 3
bonbon elementary school 7PM 200 3?
tablon elementary school 3PM 51 171
FS Catanico high school, GUSA 3:30PM 90
cugman elementary school 2PM 13 48
bugo gymnasium 4PM 15 66
puerto brgy hall 4:15PM 13




  • The Balay Mindanaw Peace Center was prepared and opened for evacuation of staff and friends living in flood-prone areas.
  • This afternoon, the community-based team in Cagayan de Oro attended a CDRRMC meeting at the City Hall.
  • Team CDO has also maintained regular contact with point persons in partner barangays for assessment and updates.
  • Team CDO is currently monitoring affected areas and evacuation centers.


Gingoog City






Since early this morning, Gingoog City has been experiencing heavy rains and strong winds. Like Cagayan de Oro City, Gingoog City was also placed under Storm Signal No. 2.

By 3PM, flood-prone households in the Kalambuan Center’s home Barangay 23 had begun evacuation. The CDRRMO had advised that all families in flood-prone areas near the river and at the coast to evacuate by 5PM. The team in Gingoog City reported that the Cabuyuan river was about to overflow. Santiago river was also at level 3, nearly reaching the top of the dike. Kahulugan river had strong currents.

By 5PM, the Cabuyuan area was no longer passable, with waist-high floods. At 7PM, these floods had already subsided, making 1 lane passable. However, this area would still need monitoring as the floods were coming from the mountains. By this time Gingoog City was at the Orange Alert Level.





The Balay Mindanaw Kalambuan Center has always been open to evacuees from its home Barangay 23, which has households in flood-prone areas. At the time TS Seniang hit, the Center already had prepositioned goods left over from preparations for Typhoon Ruby (which hit the Visayas region earlier this month). As such, the center was prepared to receive and sustain evacuees.


Evacuation Center Time of last update
  1. of families
  2. of individuals
senior citizens pwd/cwd pregnant mothers lactating mothers




  • The Balay Mindanaw Kalambuan Center was prepared and opened to evacuees from Barangay 23.
  • The team is continually monitoring the nearby communities and water levels. The team is also managing the evacuees at the Kalambuan Center.






Early this morning, the Team in San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon reported cold weather and heavy rains.

At about 1:26PM the Council responded to a landslide located in Damay, Impasug-ong. A tree brought down by the landslide had blocked the road, causing traffic. The area has since been cleared and is now passable.

At 1:28PM, the water level of the Tagoloan River was reported to be rising. At the time communities were awaiting advice from the MDRRMC for evacuation.

As of 6:20PM, 28 families had evacuated to the San Vicente Elementary School.

At 8:00PM, a landslide near Atugan Bridge had made the Impasug-ong – Malaybalay highway impassable.




  • The team in San Vicente is continually monitoring the situation of nearby communities and evacuation centers.


Misamis Oriental




Misamis Oriental has been under Storm Signal No. 2 and has been experiencing heavy to intense rains and strong wings. At 2:30PM, Mambayaan Bridge in Balingasag was severely damaged by strong currents and has been unpassable since.

At around 2:30PM, the PDRRMC called for an emergency meeting in which they declared that the province was under a State of Calamity. By 4PM, two bridges along the Gingoog-Cagayan de Oro route were already impassable. The Gingoog-Claveria route was also not advised for travelers due to risk for landslides. The Mat-e river was also at risk for overflowing. In Tagoloan, flood waters had also reached the rooftops of some houses.

At 4:50PM, Alubijid river had risen about 3 meters. Residents from the riverside and coastal areas of Alubijid had already begun to evacuate.




  • We are continuing to monitor the situation in Misamis Oriental through our partners.


Agusan del Sur




At 2:30PM this afternoon, the PDRRMC called for an emergency meeting.

At 4:00PM, 431 families had evacuated all over the municipality of Sta. Josefa according to the MDRRMC. As of yesterday, the MLGU had already provided each family with 6kg of rice as well was canned goods. A second wave of relief distribution is also planned later today. A Sky Hydrant (from SkyJuice foundation) was installed for immediate access to safe drinking water. As of that time, a rescue boat was already en route to Barangay Pag-Asa, where 221 families were reported to be trapped by flood and strong current from the Agusan River.

The MDRRMC identified clothing (especially for children), blankets, mats and medicines for fever, colds and cough as their priority needs




  • We are continuing to monitor the situation in Agusan del Sur through our partners.






As of 4:15PM today, our partner communities in Leyte reported light to moderate rains. Leyte was placed under Storm Signal No. 1. There was no advice to evacuate yet.




  • Team Leyte is continuing to monitor the situation of our partner communities in Leyte.






As of 5PM today, our partner communities in Estancia reported light winds and heavy rains. There is currently no storm signal in Estancia. Only the southern part of Iloilo was declared to be under Storm Signal No. 1 as of 5PM.




  • Team Leyte is continuing to monitor the situation of our partner communities in Leyte.


Compostela Valley




2 casualties were reported in Compostela Valley.


  • We are continuing to monitor the situation in Compostela Valley through our partners.


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