Pagasa: Heavy rains still expected in Mindanao

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AFTER almost two weeks of non-stop rain, heavy to moderate rain shower is still expected to prevail over several provinces in Mindanao, the state weather forecaster said Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the regions of Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao and the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides while the rest of Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

"Flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas," Pagasa said.

However, the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.

"Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough," Pagasa added.

Pagasa, on the other hand, said the low pressure area was located 415 kilometers (km) east southeast of Davao City while Northeast monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Visayas.

"As of today, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)," Pagasa said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Observatory released its report on the effects of last week's LPA in Mindanao.

The report said that the rain from the previous days has produced a huge amount of rainfall to accumulate in most regions in Mindanao and several parts of Visayas, which resulted to numerous flash floods events, landslide and rainfall and relief operation may be difficult to some areas due to access.

The Manila Observatory said that the areas which are now experiencing non-stop rain has became vulnerable since it was the same area hit by the Typhoon Pablo (Bopha), two years ago.

"Rivers and other water bodies may have higher levels and stronger currents, and high amounts of sedimentation due to the large amount of runoff," the report said.

Manila Observatory recommended that residents of affected communities take precautions especially in landslide sensitive areas as the soil is already saturated with water from nearly a week of continuous rain and as such is prone to landslide event. (Sunnex)

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