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Monday, July 15, 2024

200mm of rain from ‘habagat’ seen

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The southwest monsoon or “habagat” enhanced by an incoming storm will bring as much as 200 millimeters of rain to most parts of Luzon until Wednesday, the state weather bureau said Monday.

In its weather advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the monsoon is expected to trigger the heaviest rainfall in Pangasinan, Zambales, and Bataan over the next three days.

Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and Calamian Islands would also experience rainfall of up to 100 mm into the midweek, keeping most areas in Luzon under floods.

“Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” the advisory said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said after the exit of typhoons “Goring” and “Hanna,” a low-pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility is brewing to become a tropical depression within the next 24 hours.

The LPA, once it develops into a tropical depression, would be named “Ineng,” the bureau said.

The weather system was estimated at 870 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon as of Monday 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, a total of P584,759,593 worth of damage to agriculture was reported due to the impact of Goring and Hanna as well as the habagat, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Monday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said most of the damage to agriculture was reported in Western Visayas with P356,128,079, followed by Cagayan with P192,654,704.

Damage to agriculture worth P29,678,492 was also reported in Mimaropa; P5,737,325 in Central Luzon; and P560,990 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

For infrastructure, the NDRRMC said a total of P130,251,200 worth of damage was reported in Cagayan, Western Visayas, and CAR. With Vince Lopez

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