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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


PAGASA-Borongan rain gauge records voluminous rainfall in hours

by Alice Nicart

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, Jan 12 (PIA) –- With the incessant heavy rainfall since last night until morning today, the PAGASA Automatic Rain Gauge System here had recorded a 137.6 millimeter of rainwater.

PAGASA officer Ricardo Galupe explained in their advisory that this is due to the tail end of the cold front (TECF) that causes the heavy rains (at times light), that is to stay until Sunday.

According to him TECF happens when the hot and cold front meet and wherever the area of interaction is, there follows a wide spread of rainfall.

He added that, the rain gauge measures in 15-minute interval and the record that they were able to obtain at 10:00 a.m. today showed a far large amount of rainfall compared to January 8 of last year.

It was also learned that this rain gauge automatically reports to PAGASA central office, the amount of rain it is able to capture, hence the agency’s prompt information.

The report added that on January 8, PAGASA recorded a 427.8 millimeter of rainfall in 24 hours, whereas, today’s 137.6 millimeters of rainfall happened only in less than 12 hours.

Thus, this morning, some barangays were flooded, and the school’s pathways were submerged forcing authorities to suspend afternoon classes.

With this morning’s alarming condition, Governor Conrado Nicart Jr. likewise alerted the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (PDRRMC) and ordered some members to assess the surrounding areas and find out what assistance may be needed.(PIA-Eastern Samar/AEN)

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