PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012
Tail end of a cold front and “Amihan” may trigger flashfloods, landslides in Mindanao - PAGASAby Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 6 (PIA) –- The government weather agency today warned residents in Mindanao and the Visayas of widespread rains that may trigger flashfloods and landlslides.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its weather advisory issued at 5:00 am today said that the tail end of a cold front will be affecting Mindanao and Eastern Visayas, and the Northeast monsoon or “Amihan” will be affecting Luzon in the next 24 hours.
Mindanao and the Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Eastern Visayas, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Eastern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with rains. The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and the Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be moderate to occasionally strong coming from the Northeast and East with moderate to occasionally rough seas.
Thus, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, has warned the people in the coastal areas to take pre-cautionary measures against possible rise in coastal waters.
It has also called on all the local DRRMC’s to warn the people living in mountain slopes and other low-lying places to stay alert for flashfloods and landslides.
Meanwhile, 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.
The local DRRMC’s are also reminded to take appropriate pro-active actions to aim for “zero” casualty focused on evacuation, rather than rescue, Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, who is also the Chairperson of RDRRMC-10, said. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)