Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Metro Manila flooded as heavy monsoon rains continue to pound Luzon

Manila has been pounded by torrential southwest monsoon rains since yesterday, Monday continuing well into today, Tuesday 7th of August. As of the most recent news report, much of Metro Manila is already experiencing "massive flooding" and classes at all levels and work at government offices have been suspended.

The Philippines' weather bureau the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts more rains over the next several days despite the monsoon's effects waning by Wednesday...
Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the effect of the monsoon would continue until Wednesday, but an LPA, spotted 770 kilometers east of northern Luzon as of 4 p.m. Monday, might move closer to the Philippine Area of Responsibility and enhance the habagat.

“For now the southwest monsoon is being enhanced by the pull of Tropical Storm ‘Haikui.’ But should the LPA develop more fully, it might enhance the southwest monsoon and bring more rains,” Loiz said.

The monsoon is moving northeast toward Haikui, which is moving westward toward southern Japan.

As of the latest report, the death toll from this most recent deluge stands at 51.

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