Tropical depression Ester exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will continue to bring rains in most parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,979 individuals or 896 families were affected by Tropical Depression Ester, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.
In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said that the regions affected by Ester were Region 5 and Region 6.
Ester displaced 377 individuals, with some taking shelter in five evacuation centers.
A total of 27 areas in Regions 5 and 6 experienced flash floods, while eight other incidents, such as lahar flows and landslides, were reported.
According to the NDRRMC, 50 family food packs worth P24,200 have been provided to the affected areas.
In its 4 a.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said “Ester” was estimated at 795 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph while moving northward at 20 kph.
PAGASA said Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan will experience monsoon rains due to “habagat”.
Southwest monsoon will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms Visayas, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to southwest monsoon or thunderstorms.
The weather bureau warned that possible flash floods or landslides may occur due to scattered to widespread to at time heavy rains.
It said light to moderate winds heading west to southwest will blow over extreme Northern Luzon while the entire country will have slight to moderate coastal waters.
The temperature will range from 26.2°C to 29.0°C.