Flashfloods, landslides hit Mindanao

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Flashfloods and landslides were experienced in Mindanao due to the heavy rainfall brought by the low pressure area (LPA).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that there were already two landslide incidents and four flashfloods since the LPA entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday.

Landslides occurred in Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte around 6:30 a.m. of January 11 and another in New Corella, Davao Del Norte around 2 p.m. the same day.

Flashfloods happened in Mambajao, Camiguin, Davao Del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Agusan Del Sur.

However, the NDRRMC said there were no reported casualties in both landslide and flashflood incidents, adding that clearing operations are ongoing.

The disaster council also said that 882 families or 4,253 individuals were affected by the LPA in 25 barangays in Visayas and Mindanao.

The affected families are now staying in evacuation centers in their respective barangays.

An LPA is currently producing heavy rain showers that caused flood in different parts of the country.

The Japan Meteorological Agency classified the weather system as a tropical depression.

Meanwhile, the state weather forecasters continue to monitor the LPA hovering off the coast of Mindanao on Sunday.

As of 11 a.m., the LPA was seen 190 kilometers (km) east of General Santos City.

"This weather system will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms over Mindanao (especially Caraga Region and Compostela Valley), Leyte and Samar Provinces, Negros Provinces, Cebu and Bohol," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its Facebook account.

The rain may trigger flashfloods and landslides, Pagasa cautioned.

Low pressure area over Mindanao (Source: US NOAA)

Pagasa also issued a rainfall alert warning over several areas in Mindanao.

It said, "Moderate to occasional heavy rain over portions of Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Davao Oriental, Camiguin Island, which may continue for two to three hours."

"Meanwhile, light to moderate with occasional heavy rain over portions of Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon,Misamis Oriental, General Santos City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur,Misamis Occidental, and Sulu, which may persist for two to three hours," it added.

Pagasa also warned that flooding is threatening low-lying areas, and landslides in mountainous areas. (SFP/Sunnex)

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