(Update) ‘Nina’ spawns heavy rains in Calabarzon, several roads impassable

As signal number 3 is hoisted in several Calabarzon provinces Monday, typhoon "Nina"-induced rains has drenched the region overnight with its sustained winds of 121 to 170 kilometers per hour.

In an interview with the PNA, 1st Lt. Sarah Jane Bagasol of the Philippine Army troopers of 202nd Brigade said there were neither flooding nor major landslide occurrences in the area. No electrical and communication signal interruptions were reported.

Bagasol however noted there were rockslides and debris scattered at the Querosep area in Barangay Magsaysay in the Marikina-Infanta, Quezon road which rendered the road impassable.

The Famy (Laguna) to Infanta, Quezon highway and other connecting roads remain passable, she said.

Army troopers have been deployed to areas affected by "Nina" to assist in relief and evacuation operations.

Some 204 families in Mauban, Quezon; 17 families in San Pablo City; 52 families in Los BaAos and 17 families in Kalayaan, Laguna were preemptively evacuated, Bagasol added.

In the flood-prone town of Los BaAos, Mayor Caesar Perez personally supervised the pre-emptive evacuation and operations of the town's local disaster risk reduction and management office.

Perez said the continuous heavy rains overnight could trigger floods at the Laguna de Bay lakeshore communities and the Mt. Makiling slope settlements are at risk for landslides, as he assured evacuees of food relief and other assistance.

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Nina" has slightly weakened after making landfall over Tingloy, Batangas on Monday.

It has maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 215 kph, heading west northwest at 20 kph.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Batangas, northern portions of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands are under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 3.

Cavite which was under TCWS no. 3 earlier is now under TCWS no. 2, along with Metro Manila, Rizal, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Laguna and the rest of Mindoro provinces.

The rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Bulacan, Pampanga, southern Zambales, Romblon, Camarines Norte, Bataan and Calamian Group of Islands are currently under TCWS no. 1.

PAGASA said light to moderate with occasional heavy rains affecting Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Pampanga may persist until 1 p.m.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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