Tropical Storm Nalgae (Paeng) brings heavy rainfall, floods in several parts of the Philippines

The two-day continuous outpouring of torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Nalgae (local name Paeng) has triggered widespread floods especially in southern Philippines.

In Luzon, World Vision program manager Marecil Francia shares that rains have been non-stop in Camarines Sur, south of Manila since Thursday, Oct.27.  “The storm has flooded our area since yesterday,” she says.

Photo: Cotabato City river swelling

Floods have also been reported in Aklan and Antique of Western Visayas and Mindanao including Cotabato City where work and public transportation in at least 25 villages have been affected by the heavy downpour and flooding. The office of the chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has suspended government work in light of the tropical storm.

The 5 a.m. weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reports that Nalgae is moving westward where several areas in Luzon and Visayas will be affected in its trough.

Nalgae, having maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, is last spotted at 410 kilometers of Borongan, Easter Samar.

Photo: Situation in Sultan Kudarat

To date, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over several provinces, including World Vision’s area programmes in Albay, Sorsogon, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur in Luzon island, as well as northern and eastern Samar in the Visayas.

PAGASA forecasts Nalgae  to intensify into a typhoon as it moves to the Bicol region, and to make possible landfall over the area. World Vision continues to monitor Nalgae’s path and further impact to communities likely affected.

World Vision has over 62,000 assisted children in the Philippines. (Written by Katrina Hallare | With reports from Communications Specialists Miriam Doñoz, Roxanne Dela Cruz and Marky Elnar)