WATCH: Heavy rains near rumbling Mayon trigger 'sediment-laden stream flow'


Posted at Jan 27 2018 02:37 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2018 05:51 PM

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Heavy rains caused by the tail-end of a cold front affecting Luzon triggered a rush of silted water near the foot of restive Mayon Volcano in Albay Saturday, just as authorities warned of possible lahar flow in the area. 

Phivolcs said the cascading muddy water was a "sediment laden stream flow" that carried sand and rocks. 

The agency had earlier warned residents near river channels around Mayon to evacuate due to the possibility of lahar flows amid continuous rains in the area. 

In an advisory issued Saturday morning, Phivolcs warned of "potential lahars and sediment-laden stream flows on all river channels draining the slopes of Mayon Volcano." 

It cited the areas of Buyuan, Miisi, Mabinit, Basud, San Vicente, Buang, Quirangay and Masarawag-Maninila in its warning. 

Alert Level 4, the second highest alert level, remains hoisted over Mayon as the volcano continued to spew lava and ash. 

-- with a report from Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News