Tuesday, December 21, 2010

PAGASA: Landslides threaten Xmas festivities in southern Luzon

There may be no more cyclone coming until the end of 2010, but residents in southern Luzon areas should be wary of possible landslides caused by continuous rains.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Elvie Enriquez said Tuesday this is due to the tail-end of a cold front in the area.

"There is no more cyclone threatening to end this year. But the continuous rains in the eastern part of southern Luzon may soften the ground and cause landslides. So we advise the residents there to be careful," Enriquez said in an interview aired on dzBB.

In the meantime, she said the northeast monsoon will remain active and cause cloudy skies and rains in northern and Central Luzon.

The tail-end of a cold front will affect southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, she added.

"Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao can expect a rainy Christmas. But we see no weather disturbance near the country at this time," she said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA's 5 a.m. bulletin said northern and the Central Luzon region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains.

Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, it added. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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