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Typhoon “Henry” has gained more strength as it traverse east of Batanes towards Bashi Channel — PAGASA-DOST

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


PAGASA-DOST — Location of eye/center: At 10:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “HENRY” was located based on all available data at 170 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (21.1°N, 123.7°E).

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

Movement: Forecast to move Northwest at 24 kph.

Forecast Positions: Typhoon “HENRY” is expected to be at 470 km Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by tomorrow morning.

• PSWS #2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs) Batanes Group of Islands.
• PSWS #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands.
• Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 600 km diameter of the Typhoon.
• HENRY is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Ilocos Region, CAR and Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience monsoon rains.
• Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
• The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today. PAGASA-DOST

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PAGASA monitors three low pressure areas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau PAGASA is currently monitoring the movement of two low pressure areas (LPA) within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and another outside PAR.

One is located about 195kph southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur which the agency expects to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger floods and landslides.

The agency, meanwhile, noted that the other LPA, spotted at a distance of 335 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, will not yet directly affect any part of the country.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said that the third LPA located at 1,120 kilometers east of Mindanao is also expected to enter PAR.

The weather agency clarified, however, that there is slim chance that any of the three LPAs would develop into tropical cyclone.

Despite occasional rains, there are still 17 areas across the country which are experiencing drought specifically areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas. –Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)  

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TD ‘Chedeng’ enters PAR; storm signal no. 1 raised in 6 areas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Chedeng’ has slightly slowed down while maintaining its strength after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday (March 17) afternoon.

As of 4:00 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of “Chedeng” was estimated at 650 km East of Davao City packed with maximum sustained winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.

It moves towards the west direction at at 15 km/h.

The state weather bureau said tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised over Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao Occidental, Southern part of Davao del Norte including Samal Island, Eastern part of North Cotabato and Eastern part of Sarangani.

Residents in these areas are expected to experience winds of 30 to 60kph in the 36 hours.

Meanwhile, widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over the areas of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte today (March 18) and in most parts of Mindanao tomorrow (March 19).

Residents of these areas, especially those living in flood and landslide-prone areas are advised to undertake necessary preparations and continue monitoring for updates.

Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signal. Chedeng is expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental between Monday night and Tuesday morning. — Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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Batanes: only measles-free province in Phl -DOH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Batanes is the only province in the Philippines that is still free from measles, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo cited the province’s geographical location as among the likely reasons why it remains measles-free.

Batanes is northernmost province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region.

“Batanes is isolated and there is also less traffic there so it remains free from measles. We hope they can maintain that,” Domingo said.

DOH record from January 1 to March 2, 2019 showed that the cases of measles infection in the country have reached 16,349 with 261 deaths. Around 3,374 cases were reported during the same period in 2017, without deaths.

The most number of measles infection were reported from Calabarzon, Metro Manila and Central Luzon with 3,875; 3,617; 2,330 cases, respectively. These are the three regions where measles outbreak was first declared.

The last provinces to report measles cases are Catanduanes with one case, and Tawi-Tawi with 11 cases, according to DOH data.

Domingo added that as of March 6, the DOH was already able to hit half of its targeted 3,783,985 children aged six to 59 months.

“Our coverage has already reached 45 percent. We are hopeful that we can vaccinate all of the target children soon,” he maintained.

The Health Official added that the DOH and local governments have scaled up vaccination of eligible children to keep measles at bay.

The DOH has also started door-to-door supplemental immunization and intensified routine vaccination at health centers in the hopes of controlling the measles outbreak by April or May.

The agency has repeatedly called on parents and caregivers to get their child vaccinated to protect them from measles and other diseases.

Aside from measles, the country is also grappling with spiking dengue cases which has reached 36,664 with 140 deaths as of February 2019. — Robie de Guzman

Dengue cases hit 36,000; death toll reaches 140

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