Monday, May 19, 2014

'El Niño' phenomenon may cause drought in Bicol this October –-PAGASA

LEGAZPI CITY, May 18 (PNA) -- "El Niño," the periodic phenomenon of unusually warm ocean surface temperature, may affect the Bicol Region in October, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Earlier, the state weather bureau announced the possible development of an El Niño that may begin in June.

"The amount of rain that will fall on the northern part of Luzon and some parts of the Visayas may be affected this October if El Niño occurs," said Landrico "Jun" Dalida, Department of Science and Technology-PAGASA deputy director for operations and services.

He urged officials of the local government units to prioritize the agricultural sector.

The DOST official encouraged every household to conserve water and to do "rain harvesting" using "alulod" (an improvised waterway usually made of galvanized iron sheet that catches rainwater rolling down the roof and delivers it to a stock container) even for toilet flushing.

"By October and November, the sea surface temperature is expected to be at its peak that will result in less rainfall,” Dalida said.

The peak of El Niño, where the highest temperatures may be felt, will occur in the last quarter of 2014 and may last until the first quarter of 2015, he added.

On May 19-20, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will initiate a two-day disaster imagination workshop roadshow “Iba Na Ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” in Naga City to prepare local officials for disaster risk reduction measures.

This will be the 12th region that DOST will be having a seminar to prepare for typhoon, earthquake, El Niño and other disasters that may hit the country.

El Niño is locally characterized by low rainfall output, resulting in fluctuating droughts, floods and crop yields. (PNA) SCS/FGS/AMM/CBD/PJN