Flooding, landslides likely in parts of Bicol, Eastern Visayas due to shear line

Published January 19, 2022, 1:14 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday, Jan. 19, warned of possible flash floods or landslides in some parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas due to rains from the shear line–a region where warm and cold winds converge.

“In the next 24 hours, the shear line will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Northern Samar, the northern portion of Eastern Samar, Sorsogon, Albay, and Catanduanes,” PAGASA warned.

“Under these conditions, scattered flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in areas with significant antecedent rainfall,” it added.

Moreover, PAGASA advised the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take appropriate actions.

“PAGASA Regional Services Division may issue local heavy rainfall warnings, rainfall/thunderstorm advisories, and other severe weather information specific to their areas of responsibility as appropriate,” it said.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or “amihan” is expected to continue to bring cold weather and some rains over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

In Mindanao, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers may prevail due to localized thunderstorms.