Public service advisory: Ready your umbrellas and flu meds coz the weather is up on an unpredictable ride.
At this point in time, it’s not just your girlfriend (or boyfriend) who is hard to figure out. It appears that the weather will remain moody and unpredictable in the next few weeks.
Mid-2016 will experience the onset of the neutral condition of El Niño weakening and La Niña settling in the country. It means that while the El Niño phenomenon is gradually weakening, La Niña, along with the rainy season has entered the perimeter.
So, while PAGASA said that the rest of the country may experience isolated rain showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings, it will not guarantee a colder temperature for us to enjoy.
Impact of El Niño on rice productions
In the El Niño report of NDRRMC back in April, an estimated cost of production loss of more than 12 billion was reported with 536, 420 hectares of agricultural land affected and 788, 738 metric tons of total production loss.
Furthermore, 11 provinces were declared under state of calamity along with nine other municipalities and cities affected by the extreme heat and dry spell which raised the alarm for agricultural and health concerns.
Government prepares for La Niña
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Sarmiento calls on the Local Government Units (LGU) to prepare for the upcoming La Niña phenomenon in a statement released in the DILG website.
“LGUs are encouraged to convene their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils to prepare a La Nina Action Plan; closely coordinate with PAGASA for timely weather updates and with the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau for adequate information on the threat of flooding and rainfall-induced landslides within the respective LGU,” said Sarmiento.
The provinces of Isabela, Quezon, Samar, Leyte, Surigao, Agusan and Bicol were particularly warned by PAGASA to expect the effects of La Niña.
May: 3 deaths due to lightning strikes
Along with the arrival of the rainy season is the appearance of the thunderstorms that caused 3 deaths in the past month. Thunderstorms are heavy downpour of rain with lightning and thunder.
Danny Danao and Nestor Feller, both workers in a banana plantation on South Cotabato, were declared dead on arrival after being hit by lightning while riding a motorbike on their way home from work.
Another farmer was also struck by a lightning while using his mobile phone on a rice field in Camarines Norte. (Kathleen Vicho)