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Indonesia’s haze may reach Luzon – PAGASA

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — The thick haze from uncontrolled forest fires in Indonesia has been affecting neighboring countries including the Philippines for weeks.

The haze has already reached Mindanao and Visayas. It may also reach Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

PAGASA said, typhoon Lando influenced the wind direction of the haze when it entered Philippine area of responsibility last week.

Anthony Lucero, the OIC of Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section of PAGASA said, the fires in Indonesia occurred in carbon-rich peat lands.

A peat land area is where decayed vegetation from decomposed trees has accumulated and is buried under the soil. The chemical reaction during decomposition produces combustible materials such as methane, which, if the temperature is high and the weather is dry, spontaneously combusts.

The drought caused by El Niño is also a factor that aggravated the fire.

PAGASA said the forest fires in Indonesia may also happen in peatlands of the Philippines, particularly where kaingin is being practiced.

The impact of El Niño was first felt in Indonesia, and Malaysia –countries that are located in the equatorial region. Soon the Philippines may suffer the same fate.

We may see massive reduction in rainfall and possibly spontaneously combusting peat lands resulting in forest fires. (UNTV News)

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Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

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El Niño damage to agriculture hits P8-B

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) latest data showed damage and losses from the persistent weak El Niño to have reached P7.96 billion.

This covers damage in 277,890 hectares of agricultural areas that has affected 247,610 farmers and fisherfolks.

Crops that suffered the most damage were rice (with volume loss recorded at 191,761MT or P4.04B) and corn (with volume loss at 254,766MT or P3.89B).

The affected regions include Cordilleras, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

But according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the said amount of damage is only less than one percent of the 20-million MT expected production of palay this year and 3% of the 8.64-million MT target in corn production.

“Ang El Niño less than 1% ang damage to our rice crops. That’s why this year, we are still projecting that we will harvest a record harvest of 20-million metric tons. That will be the highest target,” Piñol said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Friday (April 26).

Cloud seeding operations are now ongoing in drought-affected areas. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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PAGASA: 17 provinces face drought due to El Niño

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Thursday (April 25) that 11 provinces in Luzon and six provinces in Visayas may experience drought by end of May due to prolonged weak El Niño.

These areas include Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Marinduque, Romblon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon in Luzon and Aklan, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar in Visayas.

Meanwhile, three provinces in Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, and Southern Leyte – may experience dry spell by end of May.

PAGASA defined drought as three consecutive months of below normal (60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or five consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

A dry spell is described as three consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or two consecutive months of way below normal (more than 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

PAGASA said a total of 41 provinces are currently experiencing drought.

The weather bureau also noted that the weak El Niño still persists and may continue until August this year. – Marje Pelayo

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