Cop, first reported casualty in Leyte as Typhoon ‘Ursula’ lashes parts of Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2019   •   445

LEYTE, Philippines – The Leyte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported one fatality as Typhoon Ursula continues to batter the municipality of Abuyog.

According to Leyte PDRRMC head, Arvin Monge, investigation is ongoing to verify if the person’s cause of death is related to the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Isang police iyon na electrocuted. Nakuryente siya. Iyon ang casualty ngayon na isa (He is a police who was eletrocuted. He’s our first casualty),” Monge confirmed.

Disaster authorities have started clearing operations on major roads in the province to make them passable for emergency and relief workers.

Aside from uprooted trees, authorities also noted a number of damaged utility posts and cables.

Response teams are doubling their efforts to speed up the clearing works in order for the power lines to be restored as soon as possible, according to Monge.

“Kailangan natin ng fuel so iyon ang ating binabantayan. Tapos accessibility ng ating mga sasakyan. So iyon ang ating kailangan (We need fuel so that’s what we are addressing right now. Then accessibility for the vehicles, that’s what we need),” he said.

“Kailangan ma-clear talaga ang ating mga road as per governor’s instruction (The roads need to be cleared as per the governor’s instructions),” he added.

As expected, passengers remain stranded in ports and terminals in the province due to lack of transportation service.

Likewise, communication line is also cut in most parts of the province. – MNP (with details from Jennelyn Valles)

Hotter days are coming —PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Cooler days will be over soon as the amihan season is nearing its end.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the agency may declare the official onset of dry season in the third week of March.

The agency also noted the rising temperature in the past days.

Hotter temperature is starting to be felt in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to the effects of the easterlies or the wind coming from the eastern part of the country.

At present, the cold breeze of amihan can only be experienced in areas in extreme northern Luzon.

At 6:15 a.m. on Monday (March 9), the lowest temperature recorded in Quezon City was 24.5 degrees Celsius, hotter than the usual amihan temperature that ranges from 21 to 23 degree Celsius.

The state weather agency advises the public to prepare for hotter temperature all throughout the day. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

LPA to bring rains over Eastern Visayas, Caraga

Marje Pelayo   •   March 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday (March 4) has spotted a low pressure area (LPA) at 745 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

According to PAGASA, the weather system is less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone but will make landfall in any part of the country.

However, the LPA will bring scattered rain showers over Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region.

The state weather agency also noted that the effects of the LPA in Mindanao is expected to extend until Saturday (March 7).

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is currently affecting areas in extreme Northern Luzon.

Thus, light rains will be experienced in Batanes and Babuyan group of islands.

Meanwhile, isolated light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Easterlies while localized thunderstorms are expected over the rest of Mindanao. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Manila Water continues implementation of rotational water service interruption through dry season

Maris Federez   •   February 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — More than one million Manila Water customers will be affected by the rotational water service interruption that the water concessionaire started on Thursday (Feb. 20).

Manila Water said this is due to the low water allocation, as well as its preparation for the dry season.

“So, ineexpect natin na bababa nang husto ang level ng dam. So, this early, kailangan paghandaan natin ‘yon para ‘yong limitadong supply na nakukuha natin sa Angat Dam na siyang nagsu-supply ng 96, 97 percent ng tubig para sa Metro Manila, mas ma-manage natin ng mabuti at nang tayo ay makatawid ngayong summer hanggang sa bago dumating uli ‘yong tag-ulan,” Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.

In January, the water company started lowering the pressure of the water distributed to households in Metro Manila and Rizal province. This is done in off-peak hours or from 10 in the evening to 6 in the morning.

“While ‘yung interruption na binanggit natin is about 4 to 10 hours. In reality, mas maikli dahil nga madaling araw lang natin gagawin. So, generally, mga 11 to about 3 to 4 in the morning lang ito kung saan hindi nila mararamdaman,” Sevilla said.

He added that the schedule and the affected areas of the water service interruption can be found on the company’s Facebook page.

Manila Water added that the rotational water service interruption will continue as long as the water allocation by the National Water Resources Board is still below normal.

For the past several months, the water allocated to Manila Water is just 42 cubic meters per second —much lower than the normal allocation of 46 cubic meters per second.

As of 8:00 AM on Friday, the water level in Angat dam was at 202.48 meters.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the rain brought by the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan contributed to the rise of the water level in Angat.

To date, Metro Manila will still have a reduced water allocation.

The NWRB said the board will still have to discuss how much water will be allocated in Metro Manila in the coming months. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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