The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will continue to dampen most parts of the country Monday even as the state weather bureau debunked posts online about a "Super Typhoon Maria."
"That is untrue. There will be no weather disturbance for the next two to three days, but the southwest monsoon will still bring rains," Meno Mendoza, a weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Monday.
However, a total of 202,213 individuals or 50,676 families in six regions were affected by the southwest monsoon, which dumped heavy rains over the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.
The monsoon rains were fueled by Typhoon Fabian, which was nearly outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, and another storm near Vietnam.
In its latest report, the NDRRMC said affected individuals were from Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the National Capital Region.
Also Monday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Monday collected two truckloads of garbage in Manila Bay following the heavy downpour over the weekend.
MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr. personally supervised the agency's cleanup operations as an influx of trash was swept into the bay due to heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon.
In Pampanga, 91 villages in 12 low-lying and coastal municipalities remained under water 4 to 5 feet deep in some areas as residents fled to higher grounds, the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office said in its latest update.
Angelina Blanco, PDRRMO Officer, said the flooded towns include Candaba, Sasmuan, San Simon, Sto. Tomas, Masantol, Macabebe, Lubao, Bacolor, Apalit, Minalin, Guagua and San Fernando City. She said 346 families, or 1,378 individuals, had been transferred to 28 evacuation centers as of Sunday.
Blanco said 110,610 persons or 25,854 families have been affected by flooding due to monsoon rains induced by typhoon Fabian and the high tide.
In another statement, PAGASA said official information from the weather bureau is only released through its official social media accounts and website.
It added that it is not monitoring other tropical cyclones, apart from "In-Fa" and "Nepartak," which are both outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. On Monday, Mendoza said the two weather disturbances have no direct effect on the country.
Monsoon rains will continue to be experienced over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas.
The NDRRMC said 480 barangays were affected by the southwest monsoon that was enhanced by Typhoon Fabian.
At least 244 flooded barangays, four maritime incidents, a rockslide, a sinkhole, three storm surges, and a mudflow were reported in eight regions.
The council added that 13 roads and six bridges became not passable to vehicles.
Over P100 million worth of agriculture was damaged. Around P2.4 million worth of damage in 125 infrastructures was also reported.