Less than two weeks after monsoon rains inundated large parts of Metro Manila and nearby regions, a new storm is developing north of Luzon island.
Tropical storm “Igme’s” centre, as of 10am on Sunday, was estimated to be 280km east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan.
Igme has maximum sustained winds of 55km/h near the centre and was forecast to move west slowly according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminisgtration (PAGASA).
” Winds of 30 to 60 km/h are also expected in the next 36 hours in Isabela and Cagayan, which are now under public storm warning signal,” the weather bureau said.
Fishing boats and other small seacraft have been advised against venturing out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to Igme and the surge of the southwest monsoon,” PAGASA said.
The storm is expected to deliver moderate to heavy rainfall, or about 5 – 15mm per hour= – -within the 400km diameter of the tropical depression.
“Tropical depression “Igme” is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Central and Southern Luzon especially the western section,” PAGASA said
Igme’s arrival in the Philippines came just days after tropical storm Helen delivered heavy rainfall over Northern Philippines, particularly La Union province, as well as Pangasinan in Central Luzon.
Helen made its presence felt in northern Philippines last August 15, affecting some 13,200 people in five regions of the country.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) a total of 15 cities and municipalities suffered flooding as a result of rains brought in by Helen.
Helen likewise claimed the lives of ten people and injured 17 others.
The storm also caused 125 million pesos in damages in agriculture and fisheries.
Two weeks ago, southwest monsoons enhanced by the presence of typhoon Haikui brought heavy rains that caused widespread flooding in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.
The weather disturbance killed some 109 people in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country. A total of 12,962 houses were damaged in five regions.
The total cost of damages to agriculture has been pegged at more than 3 billion pesos (Dh260 million) and 651 million pesos (Dh56 million ) in infrastructure.
The devastation brought about by the monsoons had been likened to that dealt by typhoon Ketsana, which visited the country in September 2009.