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‘Habagat’ to bring more rains in parts of Luzon


By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz 

The low pressure area (LPA), formerly tropical depression “Egay,” has already dissipated but the southwest monsoon or habagat will continue to bring rains in some parts of Luzon this Wednesday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Meno Mendoza said habagat rains will be felt in Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and northern Palawan.

Light moderate rains may prevail over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Pampanga, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Palawan.

Meanwhile, Mindanao and the rest of the country will have isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

The public, especially those living in areas identified to be at high risk of flooding and landslides were advised to continue monitoring for updates, take precautionary measures and coordinate with their local government and disaster risk reduction and management offices.

PAGASA also warned that moderate to rough seas will prevail over the seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas. Those with small seacrafts should not set sail into these areas.

Due to continuous monsoon rains, the water level at Angat Dam in Bulacan further increased on Tuesday, slightly above its 160-meter critical level.

Based on the PAGASA’s monitoring as of Tuesday morning, the water level at Angat Dam was 160.29 meters, up by 0.44 meters from last Monday’s 159.85 meters.

While Angat Dam’s level has been rising since Sunday, the National Water Resources Board still needs to monitor a steady increase in the water reservoir in the coming days before it can implement an additional water allocation for Metro Manila’s domestic water requirements.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has been distributing 36 cubic meters per second (cms) of water to Maynilad and Manila Water since Angat Dam’s water level breached its 160-meter critical mark last June 22.

The allocation of 36 cms will continue until the end of this week.

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