Rains may cause floods, landslides – PAGASA


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A cold front brings rains to most parts of the country, especially in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The weather bureau warned of possible flashfloods and landslides as a cold front on Sunday, Jan 8, 2012 brings rains to most parts of the country, especially in the southern areas.

“Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” PAGASA said in its 10 am advisory.

PAGASA’s satellite image of the cold front as of 11 am shows thick clouds with possible moderate to heavy rains especially in Mindanao. 

RAINS. Yellow and red indicate temperature of clouds. also, these color represent thickness of clouds with possible moderate to heavy rains. Satellite image by PAGASA as of 11 a.m. Jan 8, 2012

A landslide last Thursday, Jan 5, 2012, killed at least 30 in a mining community in Compostela Valley, Mindanao. The government already ordered the closure of mining tunnels in risk areas in Pantukan and demolish all houses there.

Earlier, weather forecasters and disaster management officials warned that more landslides are likely to occur nationwide as heavy rains could persist until August.

The bureau stressed there is no tropical cyclone approaching the country. The tail-end of a cold front as well as wind convergence are causing light to heavy rains, PAGASA explained in its tweet posts.

A cold front is the transition zone where a cold air mass is replacing a warmer air mass. The air behind a cold front, which generally moves from northwest to southeast, is noticeably colder and drier than the air ahead of it.

Responding to questions sent via microblogging site Twitter, PAGASA said Metro Manila will have mostly cloudy with rainshowers and thunderstorms that will last until evening of Sunday, January 8.
Baguio City in north Luzon will also have mostly cloudy with light rains on Sunday until Tuesday, January 10, while Cebu City will experience rainshowers on Sunday afternoon.

Rizal will experience heavy rains, Corregidor cloudy skies, while Batangas, Laguna and Southern Quezon will have moderate to heavy rains, Pagasa tweeted as replies to online questions. – Rappler.com

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