Bebeng threatens Bicol Region

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

MANILA – The weather bureau has warned residents living in landslide prone areas and mountain slopes against possible flashfloods and landslides as tropical depression Bebeng intensified into a storm Saturday.

Coastal area dwellers were also warned of possible storm surges as Typhoon Bebeng threatens Bicol Region.

The 5 p.m. forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed that Bebeng is spotted 220 kilometers east of Legaspi City packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center.


The storm was forecast to move 60 kilometers northeast of Daet, Camarines Sur.

Storm signal number 2 has been hoisted over Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Northern Samar.

Provinces under signal number 1 are Masbate, Ticao Islands, Burias Islands, Polilo Islands, Quezon, Aurora and Marinduque, Camarines Norte in Luzon; and Eastern and Western Samar in the Visayas.

Bebeng is the second storm to enter the country this year and is expected to intensify but is bound to leave sometime on Tuesday.

“However, Bebeng’s exit will depend on its strength and movement. Our models suggest that it will leave by Tuesday in Cagayan,” Pagasa Weather Division chief Robert Sawi told Sun.Star.

While in the Philippines, Sawi said Bebeng’s rain bands will bring moderate to heavy precipitation to the Bicol region, Samar provinces and Aurora, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend.

Metro Manila residents, on the other hand, may expect scattered rainshowers starting Sunday afternoon.

But the weather bureau’s attention is currently fixated on the Bicol region, where residents are warned of possible flashflood and landslide after strong rains battered some areas even before Bebeng arrived.

In an advisory, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) listed the following areas at risk to flooding due to slow rise of water: Lake Buhi in Buhi, Camarines Sur; Lake Bato in Bato, Nabua and Iriga in Camarines Sur; Libon, Polangui, Oas and Ligao in Albay; and Ombao, Baao and Bula also in Camarines Sur.

Completing the list are Camaligan, Calabanga, Bombon, Magarao and Canaman in Naga City; and Gainza, Milaor, Minalabac, Pamplona, Cabusao, Libmanan and Sipocot in Camarines Sur.

All Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Managements Councils through the Office of Civil Defense regional centers were directed to undertake precautionary measures in their respective area of responsibility. (Sunnex)

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