Dry spell ends in NCR, 3 other regions–DOST
MANILA, Philippines — The dry spell is over, at least in four regions, including the National Capital Region (NCR), the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) said Tuesday.
However, the agency also urged government to pour in more support for Regions 2 (Cagayan Valley) and 5 (Bicol), which continue to suffer from a lack of rain.
Aside from Metro Manila, the dry spell has also ended in Regions 1 (Ilocos), 3 (Central Luzon) and 4a (Calabarzon).
Yumul also said that the two months without rains have damaged crops in these regions.
“There’s no more dry spell [in the four regions] in the sense na may tubig na [there is water now], but the effect of dry spell is embedded,” Yumul said.
Science undersecretary Graciano Yumul said rains from the last two typhoons, “Chedeng” and “Dodong,” helped normalize water levels in dams in the four regions. Although the storms did not hit land, they induced monsoon rains.
However, Yumul said a drought could yet be declared in Regions 2 and 5 if the dry spell there continues until the end of the month.
Water levels in the Magat, San Roque, and Pantabangan dams remain low, Yumul said.
He added that the National Disaster Coordinating Council will recommend cloud seeding operations in these dry regions.
Yumul is making a presentation at the joint meeting of the NDCC and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will preside over in Malacañang Tuesday noon.
Meanwhile, as the wet season sets in, the Department of Health has warned the public to take precautions against waterborne infectious diseases, which the agency lumps under the acronym WILD, especially influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue.