Red rainfall warning raised over Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2017 10:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2017 11:15 AM

Photos by Greanne Mendoza and Joey Yecyec, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A red rainfall warning was raised over northern Mindanao and Zamboanga peninsula at 7 p.m. Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Heavy rains are expected amid a cold front and a low-pressure area (LPA) affecting the region.

The red rainfall warning means serious flooding is possible in parts of northern Mindanao and Zamboanga peninsula. 

Nonstop rains have already triggered flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday.

Local disaster management and weather monitoring chief Vergel Lago said they have place the whole city under orange alert, with some barangays advised to implement preemptive evacuation of residents.

He added that 5 of the 7 watersheds in the city have started to overflow. The Cagayan River and the Ipunan River are also being monitored.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents are stranded due to deep flood waters.

At least 17 families were evacuated and are currently staying in the Bulao Elementary School, while at least 249 families, including 31 senior citizens and 3 pregnant women, are currently staying in the Macasandig covered court. - with reports from Greanne Mendoza and Joey Yecyec, ABS-CBN News