Visayas, Mindanao to get less rain but warned of continuing landslide

MANILA -- Landslides can still occur in the Visayas and Mindanao even if rain there may begin easing later this week, following the dissipation of the low-pressure area (LPA) that affected both regions.

Soil in parts of Visayas and Mindanao may be saturated already from the previous days' moderate to occasionally heavy downpour, so even less intense rain could trigger landslides there, said Benison Estareja of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.

"Communities concerned must prepare for such possibility," he said.

In its second weather advisory released Tuesday, PAGASA said the LPA east-northeast of Zamboanga City has already dissipated.

That LPA and the tail-end of a cold front brought rains to the Visayas and Mindanao in the past days, noted Estareja.

Reports cited that the downpour from both weather systems have triggered the flashfloods in Northern Mindanao's business hub of Cagayan de Oro City.

Even if the LPA has dissipated already, PAGASA said the tail-end of a cold front will continue to bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Visayas as well as the Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.

"Residents in those areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," the bureau also said.

Estareja however expects the tail-end of a cold front to bring less intense rain later this week.

"The Visayas and northern areas of Mindanao can experience light to moderate rains only and isolated thunderstorms this Wednesday and Thursday," he noted.

He said weather in these areas will likely further improve beginning Friday, with expected clearing up of skies as the tail-end of a cold front eases.

"There will be less cloudiness then," he said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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