Widespread Rains might trigger Eastern Luzon flashfloods

By Ellalyn B. De Vera

Manila, Philippines – Flashfloods and landslides threaten Eastern Luzon as a low-pressure area (LPA) continued to cruise the West Philippine Sea yesterday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was located 290 kilometers west-southwest of Iba, Zambales Sunday morning.

The LPA was embedded along the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), which also brought scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Luzon and Visayas.

However, PAGASA warned that widespread rains were expected over eastern Luzon, which might trigger flashfloods and landslides in this area.

Provinces in Eastern Luzon include Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Quezon.

Meanwhile, Mindanao would be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said weather condition in Metro Manila would improve on Sunday because the LPA would continue to move toward Vietnam or Southern China.

In the PAGASA’s four-day weather outlook, Metro Manila would be partly to mostly cloudy with isolated to scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

Likewise, most parts of the country would also experience isolated to scattered rain showers this week.

Amid plans of the provincial government of Bulacan to file a class suit against officials of the National Power Corporation (NPC) due to massive flooding experienced in Central Luzon as an aftermath of the last two typhoons, the state-run power firm maintained that it strictly followed protocol in the release of water from the Angat dam.

The company similarly reiterated that it did not cause the flooding that “submerged” various communities in Bulacan and Pampanga, noting that the “protocols it has been following are the same protocols that have been used and implemented during typhoon seasons when water levels in Angat Dam are expected to rise”.

Energy Secretary and NPC board vice chairman Rene D. Almendras emphasized that “NPC follows a water protocol which is a document that details the actions to be taken depending on dam water levels”.

He explained that such protocol is being set by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) in coordination with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

“I am sure NPC will be open to any investigation,” the energy chief has stressed.

The massive flooding, which may last for a month, has been partly blamed on the release of water from the Angat Dam at the onslaught of Typhoon “Pedring”, although experts from the University of the Philippines have also pinned blamed on other factors, such as blocked water passages due to the proliferation of fish pens in Bulacan.

Meanwhile, NPC spokesperson Dennis Gana noted that the company “will just wait for official documents to be sent to us”, referring to the class suit to be lodged by the affected residents as announced by Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado.

“The release of water from Angat Dam is a decision that rests not solely on National Power. It is a decision based on several contributory factors, primary of which are the weather and flood forecasts coming from the weather bureau,” the power firm said. (MMV)

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