Strong winds down 163 houses

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Friday, July 25, 2014


STRONG winds and heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon (habagat) downed 163 houses in three coastal towns in southern Negros Occidental earlier this week.

Records of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) showed that 30 houses were destroyed while 133 others were damaged.

At least 661 people from 170 families were affected, the report added.

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In Valladolid, 16 houses were destroyed while 43 were damaged, affecting a total of 59 families or 236 individuals in eight barangays.

In the neighboring Pulupandan, 11 houses were destroyed while 73 were damaged. A total of 96 families or 367 persons were affected in 10 barangays.

Also, three houses were destroyed while 17 were damaged in Pontevedra, affecting 20 families or 76 people in six barangays.

PSWDO head Liane Garcia said the three local government units have already provided assistance to the affected families.

Meanwhile, a low pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) will bring rains over parts of Mindanao until Friday, the state weather bureau Pagasa said.

Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 4 p.m. Thursday, the LPA was spotted some 600 kilometers east of Northern Mindanao.

Loiz said that the LPA has small chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone today, but due to a trough or extended cloudiness of the LPA, it will induce light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms over the Caraga region.

The weather bureau continues to monitor the LPA and once it develops into a tropical depression inside the country, it will be locally named "Inday" – the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

Moreover, Loiz said they also continue to monitor another LPA which is still outside the PAR that has high chance to develop into a tropical cyclone.

The LPA outside the PAR is expected to enter by weekend, Loiz said.

Loiz said the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" – which is associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains affecting Luzon – is the prevailing wind system during the rainy season. (With reports from PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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