Pagsulod sa bag-ong bagyo ugma, gipangandaman na

TAGBILARAN CITY, Sept. 28– Wala pa gani nakabangon ang Luzon sa bangis sa bagyong Pedring, gipa-andam na sa mga otoridad ang mga residente sa pagsulod sa nasud sa bag-ong bagyo.

Base sa forecast sa United States’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), giingong gipaabot nga mosulod sa Philippine area of responsbility ang usa ka “potentially strong tropical depression” ugma.

Sa pagkakaron, naa pa kini dapit sa Pacific Ocean nga adunay code name nga “Tropical Depression 22W”.

Giingong aduna kini kusog nga hangin nga moabot sa 46 kilometers per hour (kph) ug katapusang nasigpatan sa gilay-ong 1,296 kilometers sa habagatang-sidlakan sa Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Gitahak niini ang amihanang kasadpan nga direksyon sa kusog nga 6 kph.

Sa nahiunang pahayag sa Department of Science and Technology (DoST)-Pagasa, kun padayong mosulod sa nasud kining maong tropical depression, tawagon kining bagyong Quiel. (PIA-Bohol/ ecb)

DOH on alert vs. wet-season diseases in summer

The Department of Health’s (DOH) National Epidemiology Center is now bracing for the possible outbreak of wet-season diseases during what is supposed to be the country’s summer season.
NEC director Dr. Eric Tayag said dengue fever, diarrhea, leptospirosis, and pulmonary diseases are on their watch list.
Tayag gave general tips on how to avoid wet season diseases like – boiling water before drinking, or using DOH-prescribed disinfectants; to take vitamins C and D; and to make sure there are no places with stagnant water where dengue mosquitoes can breed.
Tayag said that they will begin their anti-dengue campaign earlier than usual this year.
The DOH also advised against wading in floodwaters, which can cause injuries and may carry rat urine that could cause leptospirosis.
Aside from wet-season diseases, the government is also watching for measles.
“To prevent further cases of measles within the first part of the year, the DOH will embark on a nationwide mass vaccination of children up to less than 8 years of age,” Tayag said. (PIA)

PAGASA: Expect a ‘rainy’ summer

Filipinos can expect a short and wet summer this year due to the heavy rains to be brought by the La Niña weather phenomenon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Monday.
PAGASA officer-in-charge Graciano Yumul Jr. said Monday the “dry” part of summer is likely to last between April and the first half of May only.
After the summer, he said the public may have to brace for cyclones that he said may be intense.
La Niña is a weather phenomenon characterized by heavy rains and lower temperatures.
PAGASA earlier said it expects 20 to 22 cyclones to hit the country this year.
Yumul appealed anew to the public to help protect PAGASA’s weather detection and monitoring equipment, following the recent theft of such items in Pangasinan.
He made the appeal even as he said PAGASA hopes to complete the installation of seven Doppler radars nationwide this year. (PIA/PAGASA)

Cold spell to last until February: PAGASA

Baguio City, Metro Manila, and other parts of the country will continue to feel the cold spell
until February, a weather forecaster said Wednesday.

Robert Sawi, senior forecaster of state weather bureau PAGASA in a radio interview said that
the northeast monsoon, locally known as the “hanging amihan,” is causing the temperature
plunge.

He said the phenomenon will last until the middle of February.

Sawi expects the summer of 2011 to be rainy because of the La Niña phenomenon. (PIA)

Aquino wants review of disaster reduction measures

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday ordered the National Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council (NDRRMC) to conduct a thorough review of the country’s disaster
risk reduction measures to minimize loss of lives during calamities especially in communities.

The President issued the directive to NDRRMC head and Defense Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin following reports of casualties in Southern Luzon, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and
Mindanao due to floods and landslides last month.

The President noted that in spite of his earlier directive for concerned agencies to evacuate
residents in risk areas, there were still casualties.

“Today , I asked the Secretary of National Defense, being the head of the NDRRMC, to find
out exactly why there were two people who died in the same place, “ he said referring to St.
Bernard in Southern Leyte , where over a thousand residents died when flashfloods hit the
community in 2006. The recent heavy downpour also caused floods and landslides in the
area and claimed at least two lives.

The NDRRMC said at least 37,124 families or 197,641 people from 242 barangays in 39
towns in 10 provinces had been affected. (PIA/PCOO)