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Albay Gov. Bichara alerts residents over possible flooding due to cold front, places province under yellow warning

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The provincial government of Albay told its residents to be alert, particularly those who are living in a low-lying areas, as the tail-end of a cold front might cause flooding in the province.

According to a weather forecast of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Visayas, and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon might experience “[c]loudy skies withscattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.”

“Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains, the state weather bureau said.

Because of this, the Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, who chairs the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, issued Advisory No1, placing the province under yellow warning.

“Rainfall will continue, which contributes to the increasing percolation of water, according to PAGASA. Thus, the province is placed under yellow warning,” the advisory read.

The governor also told “vulnerable families” to avoid critical areas and stay in a safer place.

“Ayon sa PAGASA, malaki pa rin ang tsansa ng baha sa Albay. Ito ay dahil sa patuloy na pag-ulan at hindi na kaya ng lupa na sipsipin ang labis na tubig. Labis na maapektuhan ang mga lugar na mabababa at malapit sa mga ilog. Pinapayuhan ang mga nakatira sa mga lugar na ito na mag-ingat o lumikas sa mas ligtas na mga pamayanan,” Bichara said,

Bichara also advised the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils to “strictly monitor” the situation in the respective jurisdictions and to take precautionary measures.

The province recently felt the wrath of Typhoon Urduja, which caused suspension of classes in the province.