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Orange flood advisory raised in Western Visayas

Orange Flood Advisory throughout Western Visayas has been issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) throughout Western Visayas yesterday as Tropical Depression "Marilyn" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is enhancing the southwest monsoon.

Based on PAGASA forecast, Marilyn was last spotted at 1,355 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum sustained winds at 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts at 70 kph.

PAGASA said Western Visayas including Negros Occidental is bracing rains as under the present weather conditions from moderate to occasional heavy rains caused by the storm's trough.

PAGASA has advised local disaster risk reduction management offices (DRRMO) in Negros Occidental to monitor the rivers and tributaries of the Malogo, Sicaba, Grande, Himocaan, Danao, Upper Tyabanan, Sipalay and Lower Ilog.

The DRRMOs were also advised to warn people living near mountain slopes and low lying areas for the possibility of landslides and flashfloods.

Meanwhile, as of press time sea trips between Iloilo and Negros Occidental remained normal throughout the day despite the poor weather conditions, although the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said they will immediately stop all vessels below the 250 gross tonnage from leaving port if PAGASA issues a gale warning in the region.

The PCG also advised travelers heading for Iloilo to monitor the weather to avoid any inconvenience.


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