Albay braces for floods, landslides as strong LPA, ITCZ trigger heavy rains

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Albay floods due to typhoon Juaning. Photo by Willy Salazar
Albay floods due to typhoon Juaning. Photo by Willy Salazar

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC) is on heightened alert Monday and places the province under state of preparedness as a Low Pressure Area (LPA) embedded along the Inter Tropical Converge Zone (ITCZ) was located and moving towards Borongan, Samar, this would bring heavy rains and trigger flash floods and landslides in low-lying areas and mountain slopes in Albay.

The Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) issued an LPA advisory on Sunday at 11:00AM warning disaster coordinating councils that both weather system will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm in Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

PAGASA advised various disaster coordinating councils to closely monitor the development of this weather disturbance.

The two weather disturbance (LPA/ITCZ) may likely become a Tropical Depression within 24-48 hours, located at 515km East-South-East of Borongan, Samar.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda on Monday issued a PDRRMC advisory, placing the province on disaster preparedness and directed 15 MDRRMC and three CDRRMC to be on 24-hour watch and to be ready to operationalize their respective flood and landslide evacuation plan.

The local government units of Polangui, Oas, Libon and Malinao to speed up their sandbagging and preposition these sandbags in low lying areas always affected by flooding.

At the onset of heavy rains villagers are warned not the cross swelling rivers and for residents living along mountain slopes to be on alert for possible landslides.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Public Works and Highways were directed to preposition their trucks, rubberboats and other equipment for use in times of evacuation and relief operations. (PNA)

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