PAGASA: Highest rainfall warning up in 11 Mindanao areas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2017 02:21 PM

MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday raised heavy rainfall warning over several provinces in Mindanao.

In a 1 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said it placed the following 11 areas under red rainfall warning, the highest in a three-step alert system: 

- Bukidnon
- Camiguin
- Dinagat Island
- Siargao Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur 
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Norte 
- Compostela Valley

PAGASA raises a red warning when "observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm."

According to the Official Gazette, this means that residents should be ready to evacuate because the downpours constitute an emergency and may trigger massive floods and landslides. 

Meanwhile, orange warning was also raised in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Cotabato City 

"Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert," the Gazette warned. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.