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LPA enters Mindanao; flood warnings up in Eastern Visayas, northeast Mindanao

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

RESIDENTS near the mountain slopes and rivers in Eastern Visayas and northeast Mindanao were advised to take “appropriate action” as flooding in the river systems has reached “above critical level.”

Severe flood warning in Eastern Samar

State weather forecasting agency Pagasa issued a “severe” flood warning alert in the provinces of Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar and Samar.

A “severe” flood warning is being issued when Pagasa’s telemeters in rivers and tributaries have registered flooding that are “continuously rising above critical level.”

Based on the instruction issued by Pagasa’s general flood advisory, people and disaster officials near the rivers and tributaries to be on “alert for possible flash floods.”

ProvincesAffected water courses
LeyteSangputan, Palo, Solano (Quilot), Daguitan Marabang,
Cadac-an, Bongquirogon, Salug, Pagbangahan, Pagsangahan
and Binahaan
Northern SamarCatarman, Bugko, Pambujan, Catubig, Palapag, Mawo and Gamay
Southern LeyteBisay, Himbangan and Pandan
BiliranAll rivers and its tributaries
Eastern SamarOras, Dolores, Ulot, Taft, Borongan, Suribao, Llorente,
Balangiga and Sulat
SamarBasey, Silanga, Calbiga and Jibatan

Extreme flood warning in Surigao provinces, Dinagat

In Mindanao, Pagasa issued an “extreme” flood warning advisory in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands. Pagasa’s website showed a red icon warning which means that the water in the affected river systems is “above critical level.”

“People living near the mountain slopes and in the low lying areas of the above mentioned river systems and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils concerned advised to take appropriate actions,” the 5 am flood bulletin reads.

ProvincesAffected water courses
Dinagat IslandsMalinao Inlet and Gaas Lulet
Surigao Del NorteSurigao and Magallanes
Surigao Del SurCantillan, Toracan, Tandag, Tago, Hubo-Oteiza,
Hinatuan and Bislig

Moderate flooding alert in Bicol, Cagayan regions

Four province in Bicol and Cagayan regions may expect moderate flooding in the next 12 hours, Pagasa said.

Similarly, residents near the mountain slopes and low-lying areas in the provinces of Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Isabela and Cagayan were advised to take “neccessary precautionary measures.”

ProvincesAffected water courses
CatanduanesCabuyan, Bato and Pajo
SorsogonLower Donsol, Ogod, Putiao, Cadacan, Banuang-Daan,
Fabrica (Tugbugan) and Matnog
IsabelaDikatayan, Divilacan and Palanan-Pinacanauan
CagayanLinao, Lower Abulug, Lower Pamplona,
Cabicungan, Aunugay, Baua, Palawig and Taboan

No more flooding advisory in Davao

Meanwhile, the general flood advisory in Davao region has been taken down.

What’s bringing December rains

Pagasa said the low-pressure area that they have been monitoring yesterday in Indonesia has already moved to northeast of Mindanao.

Based on the weather satellite, around 3 am, the LPA is located 210 kilometers east northeast of Davao City.

Another weather system, the Shear Line, is affecting the eastern section of Southern Luzon.

Northeast Monsoon is the prevailing weather system affecting the rest of Luzon.

“The 12-hour rainfall forecast is light to occasionally moderate rains and thunderstorms,” Pagasa said in their general flood advisories.



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