LPA over E. Visayas, E. Mindanao could trigger landslides, floodsCatherine J. Teves

MANILA-- Landslides and flash floods are possible in the eastern parts of Visayas and Mindanao until Tuesday due to rains from the low-pressure area (LPA) affecting the regions.

"Expected moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao's Surigao del Norte and Dinagat provinces could trigger landslides and flash floods," said weather forecaster Benison Estareja of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.

He urged communities in these areas to prepare for such possibilities.

"The LPA is already inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between the Visayas and Mindanao, so these eastern areas could experience rain that might trigger landslides and flash floods," he noted.

In its 11 a.m. advisory released Monday, PAGASA earlier located the LPA at some 230 km. east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the Visayas.

PAGASA said the LPA will continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat, and is moving west-northwest.

There is however a low chance for the LPA to intensify into a tropical cyclone, Estareja said.

"Latest available data indicate the LPA may already dissipate this Wednesday," he said.

The LPA entered PAR on Sunday (March 19), he said, noting that such an occurrence is not out of the ordinary this time of the year.

Source: Philippines News Agency