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With entry of weak La Niņa, Pagasa warns of flashfloods, landslides

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (28 September) -- Above normal rainfall conditions are expected to occur in Visayas and some parts of Luzon and Mindanao towards the end of September now that the early phase of a weak La Niņa has been noted by PAGASA in the country.

Martin F. Rellin, Jr., acting director of PAGASA, in a statement said that wetter than normal conditions are likewise expected over Visayas and some areas of Luzon, including Metro Manila, from October through December.

PAGASA's weather forecasts have reportedly shown that La Niņa conditions will strengthen and persist through the end of the year and early months of 2008.

Below normal rainfall is likely over most areas of northern Luzon in November, Rellin said.

The abnormal weather phenomenon is expected to affect climate conditions and rainfall patterns in the coming season.

Rellin warned that the weak La Niņa over the equatorial Pacific will further develop and possibly strengthen and may adversely impact the country's domestic water supply, agriculture and health sector. "This may cause floods, flashfloods and rain-induced landslides in hazard-prone areas," he stressed.

A statement from PAGASA said that recent oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the central and eastern equatorial regions signify the arrival of the early phase of a weak La Niņa event here.

PAGASA urged the public to take the necessary and appropriate measures to mitigate the potential destructive effects of La Niņa.

Meanwhile, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underscored that the preservation and protection of the environment for the Philippine must be alongside economic growth.

The Chief Executive said while other developing and developed nations believe that the environment must be sacrificed for economic development, the Arroyo administration "believes otherwise." (PIA) [top]

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