AT least six people have been reported killed, while 19 others were missing due to torrential rains caused by the prevailing shear line, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday.
Officials warned that heavy to moderate rains, and even torrential, will continue in Regions 4B, 5, 8,9 and 10 because of the prevailing bad weather condition, which has caused widespread flooding and even landslides in the affected regions.
At least 31 areas remained flooded in the five regions although flooding in 250 other areas have already subsided. At least 12 incidents of landslides were also recorded in the Bicol region.
The NDRRMC also said that the shear line, which brought heavy rains and strong winds, affected 23,762 families or 100,691 people in 262 barangays. Power interruptions were also reported in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.
At least 27 houses were also damaged.
The NDRRMC reminded residents in the affected regions to heed warnings from their local officials to seek shelter in safe areas and stay away from flood and landslide-prone areas.
Weather forecast in Visayas
The shear line will continue to affect the Visayas, bringing scattered to widespread rain showers on Monday, the weather bureau said.
In its latest forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said widespread rain showers and thunderstorms would dampen Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.
Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan and the rest of Visayas and Caraga will also experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the shear line.
The northeast monsoon or “amihan” is affecting Luzon and will bring cloudy skies with rain showers.
The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Coastal waters will be moderate to rough in the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern section of Mindanao. With PNA