IT would likely still be mostly cloudy with rainshowers today here as it was yesterday because of two weather disturbances affecting the country.
The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said typhoon “Paolo” was observed at 850 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of noon yesterday. It has maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It has slightly changed its course by moving towards northeast direction.
Also, a low pressure area was spotted at 135 km west of Coron, Palawan.
Both weather disturbances brought scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms in some Mindanao areas like Caraga and Zamboanga Peninsula, the Visayas, the regions of Bicol, Mimaropa.
“Paolo” however is forecast to leave the Philippine area tomorrow morning.
Mindanao, Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon have been seeing cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.
Inclement weather conditions in the past five days, triggered flashfloods in some Mindanao areas.
In Zamboanga City, for instance, the city council approved a resolution declaring the city under a state of calamity.
Zamboanga Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde said the resolution was approved on the recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Zamboanga’s Social Welfare and Development Office reported that 3,666 families with 18,330 individuals were displaced by flashfloods that inundated 17 of this city’s 98 barangays.
Zamboanga has had heavy downpours coupled with strong winds since Sunday.
Zamboanga officials said 158 houses were destroyed while 327 were damaged.
Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, chief of the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that seven people died in Zamboanga.
Of the seven, Apolinario said four of them drowned; one electrocuted; and, two died when a fig tree crashed on a house.
The Zamboanga engineer’s office reported that P15 million to P20 million in infrastructure have been destroyed while the city’s agriculturist reported that P45.7 million worth of crops and fisheries were lost.
These consisted of 310 hectares of rice fields, 477 hectares of corn farms, 144 hectares planted to vegetables, 200 hectares of seaweed, and 857 hectares of fishpond.
It said some P30 million in irrigation infrastructure were destroyed while 1,150 farmers were affected. (pna)