PAGASA advises public to be vigilant of possible landslides amid âPaengâ
In this Sept. 18, 2018, photo, rescuers carry a body they recovered at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines.
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PAGASA advises public to be vigilant of possible landslides amid ‘Paeng’

Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - September 24, 2018 - 3:52pm

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Paeng (international name: Trami) may be weaker and may not dump as much rain as “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) did but the public should brace for possible landslides.

State weather bureau PAGASA stressed this point Monday as “Paeng” approaches northern Luzon, which bore the brunt of “Ompong” a couple of weeks ago.

“As the soil remains saturated in the Cordillera area, even moderate rains or thunderstorm can cause landslide,” weather forecaster Rene Paciente said in a press briefing.

He urged the residents in places hit by “Ompong” to leave landslide-prone areas as the northern Philippines will experience light to moderate rains later this week.

At least 95 individuals were killed during the onslaught of “Ompong” mid-September. Its damage to agriculture has reached almost P26.7 billion.  

PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano said “Paeng” would have a weaker effect to the country as it is not expected to hit any part of the land. But it might still boost the southwest monsoon.

“Paeng” was last spotted 975 kilometers east of Tuguegarao, City with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour near the center and gust of up to 210 kph.

The typhoon may affect the area of Batanes-Babuyan Groups of Islands starting Friday.

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