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Samar feels effects of El Nino

Catbalogan City (8 February) -- The province of Samar is now feeling the effects of the El Nino phenomenon as regards rainfall, this is according to PAG-ASA meteorological officer Eddie de la Cruz in a phone interview, today.

He added that it was only then in January 16 when the last rain fell in the area that registered only 3.0 mm.

Based on a report he got from a farmer in San Sebastian town, the warm weather he said, has dried up 80% of the rice fields.

Presently, though, dark clouds have started to gather in the atmosphere but because of the weather system called 'red high pressure area' no rain might fall, said the seasoned weatherman.

If this kind of weather continues, it could last until April or May when Samarnons may be able to savor rains again, dela Cruz offered.

In the national scene, Samar along with Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Romblon, Sorsogon, Aklan, Antique, Bohol, Zamboanga Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga Sur, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Davao Sur and Davao City are considered as moderately vulnerable to the El Niņo phenomenon.

Similarly, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), cloud seeding operation commenced last February 1, 2010 and had already completed a total of 9 sorties. Cloud seeding operations will continue in the next few months as the El Niņo phenomenon worsens.

Relative to this, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management is facilitating the deployment of aircraft to conduct cloud seeding operations over Regions 4 and 11. The areas affected are Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON) and Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte in Mindanao. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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