A low pressure area near Batanes and three storms outside the Philippine area of responsibility will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, the weather bureau said yesterday.
The LPA was estimated at 920 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, while severe tropical storm “Leepi” was spotted 1,820 kms east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon, with maximum sustained winds of 90 km/hour and gustiness of up to 115 km/hour.
The two other weather systems were tropical storm “Karding,” which is now outside the country, and tropical storm “Bebinca” which is still at the Pacific Ocean.
Inclement weather caused by the southwest monsoon, enhanced by tropical storm “Karding” has caused the death of two persons, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
The fatalities were identified as Dioscoro Camacho, 36, of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, and Gloria Borlongan Mendoza, 61, of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City.
A total of 248,090 families or some 1,057,767 persons in Regions 1, 3, 4-A, National Capital Region, and the Cordillera Administrative Region were affected by the inclement weather.
Forecaster Buddy Javier said Saturday’s rainfall was equivalent to more than half of the expected volume of rain for the entire month.
For his part, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department remains on full alert, providing augmentation medicines and supplies–especially Doxycycline which is a prophylaxis for leptospirosis–in evacuation centers.
“If wading in floods cannot be prevented, one should wear protection like rubber boots. Be alert for any signs and symptoms of the disease such as headaches, muscle pains, and fever, and immediately go to the nearest health facility for proper treatment and care and prophylaxis,” Duque said. With PNA
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