A satellite image of the low pressure area affecting parts of Caraga Region as of Friday (Jan. 13, 2023). (Courtesy of PAGASA Butuan station)

BUTUAN CITY – Sea travels and classes at all levels both in public and private schools were all suspended in Surigao del Norte due to the low pressure area (LPA) on Friday.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the LPA is located 85 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur which continued to bring moderate to heavy rains in most parts of the Caraga Region, particularly in Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands provinces.

The state weather bureau issued an orange rainfall warning over the two provinces.

Surigao del Norte Gov. Robert Lyndon Barbers issued an order earlier Friday suspending classes at all levels in public and private schools for the safety of students.

“The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) hereby issues Advisory No. 2 for all city and municipal DRRMCs to effect the suspension of classes for all levels, both public and private schools,” Barbers said in his directive.

He also ordered the activation of emergency operations centers and the regular monitoring of rivers and hillside areas susceptible to flooding and landslides.

The municipal DRRMCs were also required to submit situational reports to the PDRRMC.

As of Friday, floods were reported in the towns of Burgos, San Isidro and Del Carmen in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

No reports have been submitted yet as to the number of residents affected by floods in the concerned areas.

Meanwhile, the maritime police in Surigao City reported the rescue of a resident who was seen floating in the waters off Barangay Lipata near Basul Island on Friday.

A team was immediately dispatched to the area and recovered the body of Prince Eduard Alapide, 35.

Investigation conducted by the maritime office revealed that Alapide was seen by neighbors walking along the shoreline of Sabang under the influence of liquor on Thursday afternoon.

He was believed to have fallen asleep along the shores and was swept by waves and strong currents brought by the weather disturbance. (PNA)