Visayas, Mindanao face possible continuing rain

MANILA -- Wet weather in parts of flash flood- and landslide-stricken Visayas and Mindanao may persist there until Monday (Jan. 23) and affect even the Bicol Region.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast such condition, expecting until then light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern and Central Visayas, Mindanao and Bicol.

Tail-end of a cold front is the weather system expected to bring rain there until Monday, noted PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang.

"The tail-end of a cold front already affecting parts of the Visayas and Mindanao may gradually dissipate in the next two to three days but a new one may bring rain to the areas afterwards," he said Thursday.

Galang linked such new tail-end of a cold front to an emerging frontal system in the vicinity of Japan.

Latest available data indicate that system is beginning to develop already.

"Aside from parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, Bicol may be affected by such development," he said.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology already warned about possible sediment-laden stream flows in lower fringes of Mayon and Bulusan volcanoes if Bicol Region hosting these mountains experience the light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.

In its weather advisory 1 released Thursday, PAGASA said the tail-end of a cold front may bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms over Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, as well as Leyte and Southern Leyte provinces.

"Residents in such areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides," said PAGASA.

Rain from tail-end of a cold front and from low-pressure areas triggered flash floods and landslides that ravaged parts of the Visayas and Mindanao earlier this month.

Government suspended classes in some areas of the Visayas' regions VI, VII, VIII and Negros Island Region as well as Mindanao's Region X and Caraga Region due to continuous rain and flooding there, NDRRMC said in it situation report 4 released Thursday.

Flooding and landslides rendered several roads impassable.

A total 48 houses in Misamis Oriental and Leyte provinces sustained damages due to the inclement weather. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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