PAGASA: Rains across Phl due to ‘habagat,’ LPA

The prevailing southwest monsoon (habagat) and the low-pressure area (LPA) last tracked over the coastal waters of Calauag, Quezon will continue to bring rain showers over most areas in the country, according to the state weather bureau on Friday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Region 4A (CALABARZON), Region 4B (MIMAROPA), Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and mainland Cagayan.

Light to moderate and at times heavy rains will affect Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur and portions of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboang Sibugay, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and may extend to nearby areas.

PAGASA warned of possible flash floods or landslides due to the rains. It also advised the public and the government disaster risk reduction and management councils “to take appropriate actions and continue to monitor the weather condition.”

The weather bureau has issued a flood advisory for the Bicol river basin areas. People residing in low- lying areas or near mountain slopes in the municipalities of Libon, Polangui, Oas, Bato, Nabua, Baao, Bula, Buhi, Pili, Milaor, Camaligan, Bombom, Magarao, Canaman, Gainza, Minalaba, Pamplona, San Fernando, Calabanga, Cabusao, Libmanan and Sipocot, as well as the cities of Ligao, Iriga and Naga, should take precautionary measures, according to PAGASA.

Local flooding is possible in urban and agricultural areas due to poor drainage systems and impounding water, it added.


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