Three provinces will continue to experience the effects of a drought despite the official start of rainy season, the weather bureau said.
The provinces of Bohol and Siquijor, in the Visayas, and Misamis Oriental in Mindanao are expected to have below normal amount of rainfall for the month of July, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Pagasa defined drought as a weather with “way below normal rainfall condition” or more than 60 percent reduction from average rainfall for three consecutive months. Dry spell, on the other hand, is condition of “below normal rainfall condition with 21 to 60 percent average rainfall reduction” for the same period.
Meanwhile, amid the heavy downpour across Luzon, the water level in Angat Dam has slightly increased on Monday.
Angat Dam’s water level was recorded at 169.33 meters on July 6, higher by 0.19 meters from the previous day, according to Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMC).
However, the water level is still way below its normal operating level of 210 meters.
The water level of Angat Dam, which supplies more than 90 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs, hit its critical level on the last week of May due to intense hot weather and lack of rain, prompting the government to cut its irrigation supply to farmlands of Bulacan and Pampanga.