Ramon slows down, leaves Mindoro towns flooded

Tropical Depression Ramon spawned flooding in the municipalities of Roxas and Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

In Bulalacao, a total of 261 people from Barangay San Pedro were brought to an evacuation center, the NDRRMC reported.

The Municipal Social Welfare Development Office of Bulalacao provided hot meals worth P15,000 to the affected families, it said.

The Philippine Coast Guard has suspended all sea travels going to Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon where public storm signal number 1 was hoisted.

Emergency disaster plans were being implemented in all four terminals in Mindoro: in Calapan City and Roxas in Oriental Mindoro and in San Jose and Abra de
Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, the NDRRMC said.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Tropical Depression Ramon was estimated at 80 kilometers west-northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Ramon, forecast to move northwest at 11 kph,  slowed down while heading towards the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, the state weather bureau said.

Central and Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of the country will be mostly cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the west to southwest over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the southwest to south with slight to moderate seas.

Aside from Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, signal number 1 was also hoisted over Metro Manila, Southern Quezon, Northern Palawan including Calamian Island, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, and Zambales.

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