Rains, floods loom as La Niña coming up PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:51

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The Philippine weather bureau has issued a La Niña Watch as the country’s dry spell winds to a close.

The latest advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reports the El Niño as weakening and “in its decaying stage”, and the development of La Niña within the second half of 2016.

“With this current development, La Niña Watch is now in effect,” the advisory stated.

PAGASA Chief Metereological Officer Maribel Enriquez on Monday, June 6, stated the incoming La Niña spell bodes for stronger rains and more floods in Zamboanga City, where heavy rainfalls are expected to come in July.

“Ang Zamboanga City affected po tayo sa La Niña because Southwest monsoon tayo from June to October. Ang affected areas is the western sections ng Pilipinas, kasama ang Zamboanga City. Pagka-Southwest monsoon season, ine-enhance ng mga bagyo na papasok ang southwest monsoon, kaya magkakaroon ng flooding sa Zamboanga City,” Enriquez cautioned

Heavy rainfalls and flooding are expected to occur during peak rainy season from August to October. At least 7-12 cyclones are also expected to develop and enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) from May to October 2016.

Enriquez also reported that as of June, Zamboanga City is no longer under a dry spell or drought status.

“Umulan na po noong May. Ang normal rainfall for Zamboanga City last May was 90%. Nagkaroon tayo ng rainfall ng about 107.5 mm, which is a little bit above normal,” she said.

According to PAGASA forecast, Zamboanga City will experience above normal rainfall for July and September, and normal rainfall for August.

In light of the forecasted La Niña, the local government is making the necessary preparations to prevent flooding and other disasters. City Mayor Beng Climaco has directed the City Engineer’s Office to undertake declogging of drainage, and the dredging of rivers. — Jasmine Mohammadsali