ILOILO CITY: Western Visayas will experience a seven-month drought starting next month, according to a Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Science Administration (Pagasa) official.
As the country braces for the strongest and most severe El Niño phenomenon, Engr. Oscar Ta-bada,Visayas region director, said that Western Visayas will experience a moderate El Niño with drought from October 2015 to April 2016.
Tabada said this is not just a dry spell but severe drought that will affect sources of potable water such as water aquifers, rivers, lakes and springs.
“People must use water wisely and conserve water as the water shortage will severely affect not only agriculture but also the health and well being of the people,” Tabada said.
The weather expert was a guest speaker at the 3rd quarter meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council held in Iloilo City on Friday, September 11.
Tabada said that despite the onset of rain since early this year with the occasional heavy down pour in July and August, information gathered by the state weather bureau showed that the first week of September indicates a coming water shortage. Only one third of region will be experiencing occasional rains.
The climate outlook and El Niño updates on agriculture and health showed that grassfires would be frequent.
On the other hand, the regional disaster risk reduction and management council of Western Visayas already formulated a resolution endorsing the National Telecommunications Commission project, the Resilient Radio Communication Networking that would relay information for early warning and the immediate establishment of radio communication link in the impact zone.