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Brace for drought – Pagasa

METRO Manila must brace for the effects of drought lasting until November with at least 60-percent reduction in the amount of rainfall.

Aldczar Aurelio, weather bureau forecaster, said the National Capital Region will be experiencing way-below-normal rainfall for three consecutive months because of a mature and strong El Niño episode in the Pacific Ocean.

“Expect drought in the metro,” he said.

But the provinces of Quezon, Aurora and Bicol will be the hardest hit  by the drought, he added.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the 2015-2016 El Niño event is potentially among the strongest episodes since 1950, 1972-1973, 1982-1983 and 1997-1998.

Temperatures will rise slightly warmer than normal, Aurelio said.

While Quezon, Aurora and Bicol region will experience drought, dry spell will prevail over Isabela, Sorsogon, Eastern Visayas (except Biliran), Zam boanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Compostella Valley, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao and Sulu and Tawi-tawi.

The drought will affect the supply of water and the agriculture sector, Aurelio said.

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