Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PAGASA-Legazpi issues red rainfall warning in parts of Sorsogon
By Mike Dela Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 10 (PNA) —- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA)-Legazpi station has raised the red rainfall warning in Sorsogon, particularly in certain “high-risk” areas in the province due to continuous rains pelting the province.

The state weather bureau in its 11 a.m. bulletin on Tuesday said a low pressure area west of Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte has been causing moderate to occasionally heavy rains in the Bicol region.

Ariel Samudio, weather forecaster of PAGASA Legazpi, said that landslides and severe flooding are to be expected especially in high risk areas like Juban town in Sorsogon due to the continuous rains.

He said the red rainfall warning is a call for “community response” among local government units because severe flooding and landslide are expected.

“Possible evacuation is highly recommended because flooding and landslide may occur anytime,” said Samudio.

He said PAGASA has recorded 184 millimeters of rainfall since Monday (January 9) in the Sorsogon area which are sufficient to cause landslides or floods.

Aside from Juban, the other areas in the province, which have a “high probability” of having floods and landslide are those in lower Donsol town, including the villages of Ogod and Putiao.

Meanwhile, PAGASA-Legazpi has raised the orange rainfall warning in Albay due to threats of floods in low-lying areas and those near river channels and the possibility of landslides in mountainous areas.

Samudio said the orange rainfall warning has also been issued in the other provinces in the Bicol region, particularly those living near river channels in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Masbate. (PNA) LAP/GVR/MDR/CBD