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Palace reminds public: Be vigilant for possible flooding, landslides amid 2 LPAs

MJ Blancaflor



Malacañang on Sunday reminded the public to remain vigilant for possible flooding and landslides due to the trough of two low pressure areas (LPAs) and northeast monsoon which trigger rains and thunderstorms in several provinces.

Earlier in the day, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the first LPA was spotted 55 kilometers west southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan as of 3 a.m.

Another LPA was located at 95 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar, according to the state weather bureau.

“We remind the public to be alert and be prepared for possible landslides and floods brought by the heavy rains,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

According to PAGASA, the trough of the LPAs will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers in Metro Manila, Aurora, Bulacan, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga and Visayas.

Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region will have cloudy skies with rains caused by northeast monsoon.

The weather disturbances were first detected on Saturday which the state bureau said have low chances of intensifying.

“We ask the public to continue following their local officials, monitor the latest PAGASA advisory, and be prepared in case there is an evacuation,” Roque said.

The Philippines has had 22 tropical cyclones this year, exceeding the annual average of 20.

In December alone, the country was hit by Tropical Depression Vicky, which left at least 9 people dead, 2 injured, and one missing in Eastern Visayas, Davao Region, and Caraga.