southwest monsoon

At least 1 dead due to southwest monsoon; heavy rain persists in parts of Luzon

Acor Arceo
At least 1 dead due to southwest monsoon; heavy rain persists in parts of Luzon

Some commuters endure floods along España Boulevard in Manila following nonstop monsoon rain, July 24, 2021.

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Based on the NDRRMC's situation report on Sunday morning, July 25, the most flooded regions are Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and Metro Manila

At least one person was confirmed dead due to the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which continued to trigger heavy rain in parts of Luzon on Sunday, July 25.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) told media on Sunday that the fatality was a 39-year-old woman from Baguio City who was killed in a vehicular accident due to a fallen tree last Friday, July 23.

Two other reported deaths are still being validated.

The NDRRMC said the regions affected by the southwest monsoon include Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Metro Manila, the Cordillera Administrative Region, and Western Visayas.

Based on the NDRRMC’s situation report on Sunday morning, the most flooded regions are Central Luzon, Mimaropa, and Metro Manila.

Two dozen landslides have also been recorded, with nearly half of these in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

There are 22,693 persons or 5,554 families staying inside evacuation centers, while 2,105 persons or 510 families were also displaced but staying outside evacuation centers.

The evacuees may have to wait longer as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that rain from the southwest monsoon will continue in the next 24 hours.

Below is PAGASA’s updated rainfall forecast as of 11 am on Sunday.

Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain
  • Ilocos Region
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
  • rest of Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Metro Manila
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands

The affected areas must stay on alert for floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

“Moreover, occasional gusty winds will be experienced, especially in the coastal and upland localities of these areas,” added PAGASA.

The state weather bureau earlier said the management of the Ipo Dam in Bulacan would conduct spilling operations at 12 pm on Sunday.

The dam’s water level was at 100.56 meters as of 7 am. Its normal high water level or spilling level is 101 meters.

Meanwhile, the Marikina River remained under the first alarm as of 12 pm on Sunday. – Rappler.com