Heavy rain, flooding expected in parts of Mindanao


Posted at Mar 09 2017 04:30 PM

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned of heavy rains in parts of Mindanao due to the tail end of a cold front. 

"Orange Warning" was up over Bukidnon, Davao City, Compostela Valley, and Lanao del Norte as of 2:40 PM. An Orange rainfall warning meant intense rainfall of 15-30mm per hour, expected to continue for the next 2 hours. 

Residents in these areas should be on alert for possible evacuation as flooding is also expected, PAGASA said. 

The weather bureau also issued a Yellow Warning for rainfall in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, and Surigao del Sur.

This meant heavy rainfall of 7.5 - 15 mm that may be expected to continue for the next 2 hours. 

Under the Yellow warning advisory, residents in affected areas must monitor their weather condition and are warned about possible flooding. 

"The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions, MONITOR the weather condition and watch for the next advisory to be issued at 5:40 PM today or any auxiliary advisory if there are significant changes in the weather conditions," the weather bureau said. 

Tubod town in Lanao del Norte already recorded knee-deep flooding in Poblacion and Pigcarangan Thursday morning after hours of non-stop rain.

According to Sr. Insp. Javier Tanog, Tubod's police chief, a section of a highway in Barangay Tangueguiron was buried in mud after a landslide. 

Ten families have also been evacuated to Pigcarangan barangay hall.

Classes have been suspended in Cotabato City while Butuan City has evacuated residents in low-lying areas.

-- with reports from Rodge Cultura, Lore Mae Andong and Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News