Agno River may overflow; Pangasinan towns warned

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 19 2015 11:44 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2015 09:04 AM

Evacuation sought in low-lying towns along Agno River

MANILA - Residents of several towns in Pangasinan should prepare for massive floods if the Ago River overflows its banks early Tuesday amid heavy rains, a top disaster management official warned.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Alexander Pama told radio dzMM that towns along the Agno River basin are expected to experience heavy flooding as Agno River starts to overflow.

"Malaki po ang ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng pagbabaha... ngayong gabi sa mga bayan along the Agno River basin," Pama told DZMM.

The municipalities that may be affected by heavy flooding are:

San Manuel
San Nicolas
Tayug
Santa Maria
Asingan
Villasis
Alcala
Bautista
Rosales
Bayambang

"Malaki po ang probability na ngayong gabi, sila po ay makakaranas ng pagbaha diyan," Pama said.

The NDRRMC has requested residents in the low-lying areas to evacuate to safer places amid threats of heavy flooding in the area. Flooding in the area is expected to occur between 1 a.m. and 2.a.m Tuesday.

"Medyo sigurado na kami na babaha sa loob ng tatlo at apat na oras (from 10 p.m.). Uumpisahan na pong umapaw sa Agno River," Pama said.

Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and the League of Municipalities of the Philippine have communicated their request for preemptive evacuation in the said areas.

Pama said the heavy flooding in Pangasinan is caused by torrential rains in the mountains of Itogon, Benguet.

Water from these rains will find its way down the Agno River, passing through the municipalities within the vicinity of the Agno River basin.

The San Roque dam has also started releasing water, contributing to threats of heavy flooding.

OTHER TOWNS AFFECTED

Other municipalities in Pangasinan also likewise affected by heavy floods caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Lando.

In Bugallon, Pangasinan, hectares of rice fields were turned into a gushing river as Typhoon "Lando" pounded northern and central Luzon with strong winds and heavy rains on Monday.

WATCH: Rice field in Pangasinan submerged by raging flood

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Monday afternoon that "Lando" has weakened as it traverses the coastline of Ilocos Provinces.

The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 135 kph. It was moving north-northeast at 5 kph.

At 4 p.m. Monday, the center of typhoon was located at 45 kilometers west-southwest of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte.