LPA may trigger landslides, flashfloods in Mindanao

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THE low pressure area (LPA) seen in the eastern part of Mindanao may trigger flash floods and landslides, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) said on Sunday.

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Pagasa said the trough of this weather system will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in Mindanao which may cause flashfloods especially to low-lying areas.

At least three were killed and hundreds of families were displaced due to landslides and flashfloods brought by incessant rains that hit several parts of Mindanao last week.

The National Risk Reduction Management Council reported that 126 houses were destroyed by the floodings in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.

Meanwhile, the enhanced southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” will continue to bring light to moderate rains over the MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region starting Monday until Tuesday.

On Wednesday until Friday, the rainfall concentration due to the southwest monsoon will deviate northward bringing light to moderate rains over Zambales, Bataan and Pangasinan.

The regions Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA and Davao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Residents in these areas and local disaster risk reduction management councils concerned are advised to be alert and take all the necessary precautionary measures and monitor updates on this weather disturbance.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

In its Sunday 5 p.m. advisory, Pagasa said moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the western sections of Luzon and the Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.

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