TACLOBAN CITY – The low-pressure area and northeast monsoon may trigger flooding in major rivers in the Eastern Visayas region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned on Monday.
In an advisory, PAGASA identified several rivers in six provinces that would likely be affected by the downpour -- Sangputan, Palo, Solano, Daguitan, Marabong, Cadacan, Bongquirogon, Salug, Pagbanagaran, Pagsangahan and Binahaan in Leyte; and Catarman, Bugko, Pambujan, Catubig, Palapag, Mano and Gamay in Northern Samar.
Other rivers include Oras, Dolores, Ulot, Taft, Borongan, Suribao, Llorente, Balangiga and Sulat in Eastern Samar; Basey, Silaga, Calbiga, and Jibatan in Samar; Bisay, Himbangan and Pandan in Southern Leyte; and all river systems in Biliran province.
The weather bureau has also warned people living in low-lying areas to stay alert for possible flash floods.
Those residing near mountain slopes have also been advised to watch out for signs of landslides.
Several areas in the region have been experiencing rain showers since the third week of December due to weather disturbances.
On Monday, PAGASA also placed Leyte province under yellow rainfall warning and Southern Leyte under orange rainfall warning.
The heavy downpour was triggered by a low-pressure area affecting Visayas and Mindanao and northeast monsoon affecting Luzon. (PNA)