OCD-CAR on blue alert due to monsoon rains

OCD-CAR on blue alert due to monsoon rains

BAGUIO CITY — The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) is on “Blue Alert” as the southwest monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday said that as of 5:00 a.m., monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will still be experienced over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Mindoro.

In northern Luzon, PAGASA said the southwest monsoon is affecting Luzon and occasional rains will prevail over the Provinces of Aurora, Ilocos Norte, IlocosSur, La Union, Pangasinan, Ifugao, Benguet, Mountain Province, Abra, Apayao and Kalinga.

Occasional rains will prevail over Western Visayas, rest of Central Luzon and the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, Rizal and Palawan.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms is expected over the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over Mindanao.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Weather forecaster Leticia Dispo said that over the weekend, the amount of rainfall collected was 36.6 millimeter (mm) and this is considered to more than what may be called normal as it was more than the 25mm level.

Dispo explained that with this amount of rainfall collected, PAGASA sends out possible landslide warning signals considering that the soil is already “saturated”.

Dispo said that based on PAGASA’s 30-year data, rainfall measurement in August is at 905mm or 29.1mm of rain water is collected per day.

Based on the PAGASA updates, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CRDRRM) Operations Center hoisted alert level to “blue”.

All local DRRMC operations centers and member agencies are advised to take proactive measures. PNA/northboundasia.com