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The Franciscan Youths (YOUFRA) of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor: Feeling triumphant after giving their share to the community. Tree planting and clean up activities are one of the regular activities of these youth to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change following their weekly formation at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor. (pia-siquijor/Rizalie Anding Calibo)
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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

PAGASA-Cebu warns residents in creeks, rivers to be cautious for heavy rains due to La Niña

by Fayette C. Riñen

CEBU CITY, January 4 (PIA) -– This early, PAGASA-Mactan has already advised residents living near creeks and rivers in Cebu to be extra cautious as the first three months of this year will experience rainfall due to the La Niña phenomenon.

PAGASA-Mactan Chief Oscar Tabada in a media interview said they already gave evacuation warnings to all stakeholders as Cebu and the rest of the country will witness continuous rains from January to March, this year.

Tabada especially warned that the La Niña will bring heavy rains in the Visayas in February and March as he advised those living in danger zones such as creeks, rivers and in landslide and flood-prone areas to be extra vigilant and immediately evacuate their homes.

The PAGASA is expecting five typhoons to enter the country for the first five months this year or from the period January to May.

Eight automatic weather stations (AWS), a gadget that measures the volume of rainfall, have already been placed in Metro Cebu, Bogo City, Bantayan Island and Camotes Island in the northern part of Cebu as well as the provinces of Bohol and Negros Oriental, this is said.

Another AWS is proposed to be stationed at Alegria, a municipality in southern Cebu.

Tabada said 7.5 milliliters of rainfall volume can already trigger landslides and flooding in danger zone areas.

Tabada previously said that since the installation of a weather radar system in Mactan that covers a 500-kilometer range, daily weather bulletins have been issued as part of their early warning signal to community residents living in critical areas at risk of landslides, flashfloods and flooding.

There is a need to heighten disaster consciousness and preparedness in the minds of every Filipino because it is not the responsibility of the government alone but a lookout of every sector in society, Tabada stressed.

PAGASA on the other hand, said the low pressure area located at the East Southeast of General Santos has disorganized and is expected not to intensify into a typhoon, this is said.

Today’s forecast in Cebu is cloudy with sunny periods and light rains becoming moderate until the weekend, according to PAGASA-Mactan. (PIA-Cebu)

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