Hour-long heavy rain causes flooding in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Heavy rains hit Metro Cebu noontime Saturday, July 2, and by 1 pm, several areas reported flooding.

An alert by state weather bureau PAGASA said that "light to moderate rain" would affect Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova, Mandaue City, Consolacion, Liloan, and portions of Cebu City.

As of 1 pm, flooding was reported in barangay Apas in Cebu City, AS Fortuna Road in Banilad, Mandaue City, and on J Lopez Jaena in Tipolo, Mandaue City.

PAGASA's Visayas bureau chief Oscar Tabada said the downpour was brought about by an intertropical convergence zone (ITZC), producing low atmospheric pressure.

Saturday's floods come less than 24 hours after a heavy downpour hit Metro Cebu on Friday, July 1, causing massive flooding and gridlock in a dozen barangays across Mandaue City, Cebu City, and Talisay City. – Rappler.com

Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.