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By: Spetrm , 12:31 PM GMT on August 19, 2013
Three deaths and four are still missing according to the NDRRMC today in the Philippines following days of continuous heavy rainfall brought in by the enhanced south west monsoon which is getting support by Tropical Storm Maring located north east of Luzon. ( Two deaths reported according to ABS-CBN)
The forecast calls for the rains to continues through mid-week as Maring ( Trami ) lingers north east of Luzon before slowly looping back towards the west impacting Taiwan as a likely Typhoon by mid-week. Over 441 mm has been reported at Ambulong in the past 24hrs alone. At Manilas Aquino Airport 255mm has been reported. Any futher rainfall will only worsen the situation here as more
A state of Calamity was declared for Luzon Monday evening. The mayor of Santa Rosa said the flooding was a lot like the flooding saw in 2009 with Ondoy. At least 500 families have had to be evacuated at this time and more are expected to move as the water rises.
Schools across Manila and surrounding provinces had all schools closed this morning as rain warnings were raised to Red the highest warning possible for this area.
This flood brings back reminders of just a year ago in 2012 when Manila was hit by devastating and record breaking floods due to a very simialer setup as several typhoons moved North East of the Philippines. The Strongest being Haikui that enhanced the monsoon enough to drop over 1,000 mm of rainfall in the Metro Manila Area from the 6-8th of August.
This article is take from my site at Westpacwx.com
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