PIA Press Release
Dry spell hits 14 provinces
Manila (8 February) -- BASED on rainfall observation conducted in January by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), fourteen provinces are reeling under dry spell conditions.
In its latest El Niņo bulletin (Advisory No. 6), PAGASA said the dry spell areas are mostly in Luzon, and the rest in the Visayas. These are the provinces of Benguet, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Batangas, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental. Some areas of Capiz province are also experiencing drought conditions.
"El Niņo", Spanish for "The Child", is a weather phenomenon associated with the unusual warming in the Equatorial Pacific which usually brings below normal rainfall. It usually occurs around Christmas time or December, thus the name. (PIA) [top]