OCD advises public to remain vigilant vs possible flooding, flashflood

ILOILO CITY — The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here is reminding the public, especially those living in low-lying areas, to be vigilant over possible flooding and flashflood as a result of rains induced by the low pressure area (LPA).

OCD Region 6 director Rosario Cabrera said that they should continuously be guided by the weather forecast coming from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for them to take the necessary precautionary measures.

Cabrera added that the local disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) are also following up development through the weather advisory.

As of 5 p.m., the state weather bureau said that “cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains with thunderstorms that will trigger heavy rains and landslides will be experienced over Visayas and the regions of Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula and Palawan.”

Cabrera said to date, her office has not received negative reports, except of the usual flooding in Capiz, particularly in Sigma.

Also, no strandees were reported amid the cancellation of fast craft trips bound for Bacolod due to Gale Warning No. 3 that was raised in Negros Occidental.

Cabrera said that roll on-roll off vessels were ready to accommodate passengers bound for Negros Occidental as their trips were not suspended. Perla Lena/PNA-northboundasia.com