Typhoon Jose causes floods in Bataan, Zambales

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MONSOON rains enhanced by Typhoon Jose, which was located east of Batanes, have caused flooding in several areas in Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRMC) said Tuesday.

In a bulletin, the NDRRMC said floodwater in Barangay Almacen in Hermosa, Bataan; Barangays Daungan and A. Rivera in the Mariveles, Bataan; Barangays Alusiis, La Paz, Bedden and Libertad in San Narciso, Zambales have reached knee-deep making some roads impassable for light vehicles.

Although it has slightly weakened, Typhoon Jose is expected to move towards outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday.

As of 4 p.m., Typhoon Jose was located 745 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, with maximum winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecast to move north northeast at 15 kph.

Aside from Jose, southwest monsoon is also affecting Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa warned that Ilocos, Zambales and Bataan will experience monsoon rains, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Two roads in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) particularly the road via KO 389 +100 (Calacaban section) and Junction Talubin- Barlig- Natonin- Paracelis—Calccad Road KO 445+100 (Banawel Section) in Mt. Province- Ilocos Sur were closed on Tuesday due to landslide and rockslide, the NDRRMC added.

However, the disaster agency said the Department of Public and Highways (DPWH) are now on the site for clearing operations. (Sunnex)

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