• Forecasters raise flood, landslide alerts

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    The state weather agency Pagasa on Friday warned that continued monsoon rains this weekend may trigger flash floods and landslides in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon and the Visayas.

    Weathermen said lighter monsoon rains can be expected from today through the weekend as Typhoon Falcon (Chan-Hom) moves further away from the country.

    Pagasa, however, said days of continuous monsoon rain may trigger flash floods and/or landslides in Metro Manila as well as the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) and Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan).

    Occasional rains are likely over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

    Moderate to strong winds from the southwest will prevail over the entire archipelago with moderate to rough seas, Pagasa’s 5 p.m. bulletin read.

    State meteorologists are still monitoring the movements of Typhoon Nangka, which is expected to affect the country next week.

    Pagasa also on Friday lifted its heavy rainfall warning over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Batangas and Bataan.

    Light to moderate rains are also expected over Bulacan, Zambales, Batangas, Quezon, Pampanga and Tarlac.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday tropical storm Egay caused some P214.65 million in damage to infrastructure and agriculture in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions,

    The NDRRMC said there have been no reports of casualties from incidents caused by the storm as of 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Egay had affected at least 13,280 families or 55,567 people in Ilocos, Mimaropa and Cordillera regions.

    At least seven houses were destroyed while 198 were damaged in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Palawan, Benguet, Abra and Kalinga.

    La Union was declared under a state of calamity as a result of massive flooding in the province.

    The Department of Agriculture, meanwhile, said agricultural losses from Egay were “negligible,” adding that heavy rains were generally beneficial in land preparation activities.

    Agriculture Assistant Secretary Edilberto de Luna said the damaged caused by the storm has reached P25.23 million, affecting a total of 2, 080 hectares of agricultural areas in CAR and Region 1.

    The biggest damage was reported in rice and high value crops (HVC) with P5.23 million and P7 million, respectively. Rice areas affected reached 1,527 hectares, while 86 hectares of HVC were damaged by strong winds and heavy rains.

    Losses to corn amounted to P4.61 million, affecting a total of 466 hectares.

    For fisheries, damage remained minimal at $4.65 million, while the livestock sector reported P3.74 million in losses.

    De Luna said the heavy rains are more beneficial than damaging as farmers start the wet cropping season.

    Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala earlier urged rice farmers to start planting and take advantage of the water supply brought about by the rainy season.

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