Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) chief. (file photo)
LEGAZPI CITY – Tropical Depression Vicky brought moderate to heavy rains over Bicol on Friday and is expected to bring heavy to intense rains until Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.
“Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Quezon, and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands” are expected, according to PAGASA.
The state weather bureau warned that in the next 24 hours, “the combined effects of the surge of the northeast monsoon and the approaching tropical depression will bring rough to very rough seas”.
“Rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 4.5 m) over the entire seaboards of Northern Luzon, the seaboard of Aurora, the eastern seaboard of Quezon including Polillo Islands, the seaboard of Camarines Norte, the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur, the northern and eastern seaboards of Catanduanes, the eastern seaboard of Albay including Rapu-Rapu Islands, the eastern seaboard of Sorsogon, the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Samar, and the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar including Homonhon Island,” it said.
Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) chief, said he already instructed the city and municipal disaster risk reduction management (DRRMO) officers to decide whether to declare local evacuation in case that “Vicky”- and monsoon-induced heavy to intense rains will result to flooding in low-lying areas.
“I just instructed them to declare localized preparations, including evacuation should the depression and monsoon-induced rains would trigger flooding or landslide,” Daep told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Paul Alanis, resident volcanologist here of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), reiterated in their issued bulletin for the people to be vigilant against lahar flow in case of heavy to intense rains.
“Active stream/river channels and those identified as perennially lahar-prone areas on all sectors of the volcano should also be avoided especially during extreme weather conditions when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall,” Phivolcs said in its bulletin.
Alanis said they would immediately issue a lahar advisory should the weather condition deteriorate. (PNA)