A Drought/Dry Spell Assessment pamphlet which indicates provinces affected by El Niño is pictured on a photo taken on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Rainfall level in some parts of the country remains below normal in the month of may despite PAGASA’s official announcement of the rainy season.
Based on May 29 record of PAGASA, 11 provinces are still affected by drought or experiencing over 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.
Most of these areas are in Luzon, two in the Visayas and three in Mindanao.
Aside from this, 24 provinces are still affected by dry spell or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in three consecutive months.
Ilocos Norte and Quezon Province are still affected by dry condition or experiencing 21% to 60% rainfall reduction in two consecutive months.
According to PAGASA, a weaker El Niño phenomenon is still present in the country.
PAGASA Weather Specialist Cherry Cada says, “We have been experiencing a longer El Niño and it still has lingering effect, the drought.”
La Niña condition is more likely to occur starting July and the peak of the impact in the country, which means more flooding, might be experienced in the last quarter of 2016 up to the first quarter of 2017.
PAGASA has announced earlier that around 8 to 17 tropical cyclones might enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the coming months but only one is expected this month.
PCOO Sec. Sony Coloma said, the government is implementing a comprehensive program on mitigating the harmful effects of the possible onset of the La Niña scenario.
This covers agriculture, flood control and disaster risk reduction measures at the grassroots level.
(REY PELAYO/UNTV News)