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The monsoon rains in Ilocos may cause rivers to flood

Several major rivers and tributaries in Region I (Ilocos) are in danger of overflowing as a result of rain from the prevailing southwest monsoon or “habagat,” which is expected to continue over the weekend.

These major waterways are the Balincaguing and Alaminos rivers in Pangasinan province; the Amburayan, Baroro, Lower Bauang, and Aringay rivers in La Union province; the Lower Abra and Silay-Sta. Maria rivers in Ilocos Sur province; and the Bulu, Banban, Bacarra-Vintar, Laoag, and Quiaoit rivers in Ilocos Norte province. According to the Philippine Atmosp

Water levels in canals and tributaries may be raised by rain from Habagat, causing these channels to flood, according to PAGASA hydrologist Rosalie Pagulayan, who spoke on the subject on Tuesday.

She said that people in the affected areas must be prepared for a variety of scenarios, including floods, especially in low-lying areas.

According to her, “there is a significant potential for minor tributaries to quickly flood.”

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Joey Figuracion, Habagat may continue to impact western Luzon till approximately Wednesday (July 7). He went on to say that the weather may improve starting Thursday (July 8).

In Ilocos, however, Pagulayan cautioned that the easing of “habagat” would not instantly reduce the danger of floods and even rain-induced landslides in the province.

“Not all of the rainfall that occurs can be measured by gauges,” she said. “Some regions may receive continuous rain, which the gauges may not be able to record because the gauges are too small. Such precipitation may add to the saturation of the ground there.”

According to her, saturated regions are more susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides.

She emphasized that the towns in question must have some means of monitoring the water levels in their particular rivers, as she had previously said.

She went on to say that having early warning systems in place would assist communities in preparing for potential overflows and floods.

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