420 barangays in 4 regions alerted for landslides, floods

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    AROUND 420 barangays are at risk of flooding and landslides from tropical storm “Ramon,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said yesterday
    Citing information from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the NDRRMC said these barangays are in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Bicol regions and Cordillera Administrative Region.

    The NDRRMC could not immediately say how many residents are living in the 420 barangays.

    Ramon is forecast to make landfall on Sunday morning between northern Isabela and Cagayan and will leave the land mass of Ilocos Norte early morning Monday, said weather specialist Raymond Ordinario.

    Signal No. 2 remained up over Catanduanes. Under signal No. 1 are the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue), northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran and Dinalungan), Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Albay.

    PAGASA, in a weather bulletin, said he center of Ramon was some 500 km east of Baler, Aurora as of around 4 p.m. yesterday. Ramon was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, moving north northwest at 15 kph. It is projected to be some 335 km east of Baler, Aurora this morning.

    Director Allan Tabell, of the Creative Services Division of the Department of Interior and Local Government, said all local government units should be ready for possible evacuation of residents in areas susceptible to landslides and flooding.

    The NDRRMC told residents near rivers, creeks, lakes, and seas affected by continuous rainfall to head for higher ground and to stay away from floodwaters.