PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
PAGASA warns Mindanaoans, anew, of possible flashfloodsby Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 4 (PIA) –- A low pressure area (LPA) and a tail end of a cold front will be the two weather systems that will affect Mindanao, today.
Per Weather Advisory No. 5, issued at 10:00 a.m., Jan. 4, 2012, by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an LPA is estimated at 240 k.m., East Southeast of General Santos City at 5.0 degrees North, 127 degrees East.
Aside from affecting Mindanao, both the LPA and the tail end of the cold front will affect Eastern Visayas and Eastern and Southern Luzon.
These two weather systems, PAGASA said, will result to Mindanao having cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains and thunderstorms over the eastern section of Southern Luzon.
The same weather condition will be experienced in Eastern and Southern Mindanao, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Thus, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, has warned people in the coastal areas and other low-lying places not to lower their guard against possible rise in coastal waters.
Likewise, fishing boats and other small sea crafts in the region are advised to take precautionary measures before going out into the sea, while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.
Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, who is also the Chairperson of RDRRMC-10, said the local DRRMC’s are reminded to take appropriate pro-active actions to aim for “zero” casualty focused on evacuation, rather than rescue. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)