Ilocos Norte residents alerted on possible flash floods, landslides

LAOAG CITY — Residents of low-lying areas in Ilocos Norte province have been alerted about possible flash floods and landslides due to moderate to occasional heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding.

Since Friday, the entire province has been experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall, particularly in downtown Laoag, where several streets got flooded.

Early on Saturday, Provincial Agriculturist Norma Lagmay called on the public to stay vigilant and watch out for rice paddies filled with rainwater.

“Let’s check our rice farms and ensure that there is enough waterway. Secure our animals to a safer ground and refrain from going out if not necessary,” Lagmay said, reminding everyone to stock enough food during stormy weather.

Although “Karding” has exited the Philippine area of responsibility, the Ilocos region’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Joint Information Center warned the public that “sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of Luzon.”

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, a tropical depression was spotted some 1,030 km. west of extreme Northern Luzon with maximum winds of 55 km. per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 7 km. per hour.