RESIDENTS in several villages in the province of Cagayan in northern Philippines were pre-emptively evacuated or rescued as heavy rains brought by storm Maring, with international name Kompasu, triggered flooding, landslides and river overflow.

The Cagayan provincial government said among the towns where families were evacuated include Baggao and Gonzaga.

As of weather bureau PAGASA’s bulletin at 5 p.m. Monday, tropical cyclone wind signal #2 — which means damaging gale-force to storm-force winds — was up in Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the northern portion of Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.

A lower wind signal #1 was up in other Luzon areas.

“Under the influence of the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Severe Tropical Storm Maring, monsoon rains are possible over Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro in the next 24 hours,” PAGASA said.

Maring, the 13th typhoon to enter the Philippine area this year, is forecasted to be out by Tuesday.

“This tropical cyclone may reach typhoon category tomorrow evening while moving over the West Philippine Sea. Weakening will likely take place on Wednesday afternoon as it interacts with the landmass of southern China,” PAGASA said. — MSJ

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