MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said it has deployed water search and rescue team to Cagayan, one of the provinces expected to bear the brunt of Typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) Monday.

PRC said the team continuously monitors and reports the latest development on the weather disturbance in the province.

Water search and rescue teams at PRC national headquarters in Manila, Isabela, La Union, Olongapo, Pangasinan, and Laguna chapters were also on standby for any untoward incident.

“Typhoon Juan is expected to bring Ondoy-like rains so all PRC chapters in the affected areas should prepare for the worst-case scenario,” said PRC chairman Richard Gordon.

The Philippine Atmospheric Astronomical and Services Administration (Pagasa) reported late Sunday that Typhoon Juan will be bringing between 50 to 60 millimeters per hour of rainfall near the center.

Of the 157 families staying in PRC evacuation centers, 144 are from Gonzaga, Cagayan; 10 from Aparri, Cagayan and three from Tabuk, Kalinga. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)