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Flood watch lifted over parts of Central Luzon as Pampanga River basin rises


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MANILA, Philippines — A flood warning has been issued for parts of central Luzon as water levels in the Pampanga River basin are rising steadily, the state weather office said Tuesday.

In a phone interview with INQUIRER.net, hydrologist Richard Orendain said the upstream part of the Pampanga river basin is still “below alert level,” but the Candaba swamp, a part of the river, is “slowly filling above water level.”

“Still, the southwest monsoon pa rin ang nakakaapekto sa (the southwest monsoon is still affecting the) Pampanga River basin,” said Orendain of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

“May forecast na ulan na light to moderate with occasional heavy rain in meron to forecast pluvial flooding – ‘yun ay dito sa place na medyo mababa at medyo barado ang mga kanal so magkakaroon ng accumulate of rain water so nagkakabaha po,” Orendain said.

(There is forecast of light to moderate rain with occasional heavy rain, and there is still forecast of pluvial flooding, that is, here in the area where the channels are quite low and the channels are quite blocked, then there will be an accumulation of rainwater, so it is a flood.)

Flood Advisory #3 for the Pampanga River Basin issued at 7 am, July 18, 2023

published by Prffwc Pagasa in Monday, July 17, 2023

According to Orendain, the floods will affect the lower and western part of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan and all of Pampanga.

He also said that “river overflow” is likely to occur due to the effects of high tide in the coastal areas of central Luzon. This will affect Apalit, Macabebe, Masantol, Lubao, Guagua, Bacolor, Sasmuan, Sto. Tomás, Apalit and other nearby towns, he added.

Pagasa advised the inhabitants of all affected areas, especially around the Pampanga river basin, to remain vigilant and take preventive measures to mitigate the adverse and immediate impacts of the southwest monsoon.

In a public weather forecast that was issued at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Pagasa said the southwest monsoon, locally called habagat, has weakened but will continue to bring cloudy skies and scattered rain over central Luzon over the next 24 hours.


Pagasa: LPA channel bringing cloudy skies, rain in Mindanao; habagat affects rest of AP

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Good weather conditions in most of PH on Tuesday, says Pagasa


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