December 26, 2021 | 9:22
MANILA, Philippines – A tropical cyclone is less likely to form over the next five days until the end of the year, forecasters from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
“Based on our analysis, there is little chance that another storm will occur within the next five days within the Philippines area of responsibility,” Pagasa weather specialist Benison Estareja said in the report. Public weather forecast from the state meteorological office released at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
It comes after Super Typhoon Odette caused nearly 4 billion pesos in infrastructure damage, while agricultural losses amounted to 2 billion pesos according to the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
The Ministry of Social Protection and Development also estimates that 3,918,689 people or 1,000,742 families were affected by the super typhoon. 108,082 houses were totally damaged, while 216,371 houses suffered partial damage, leaving some 285,000 people still seeking refuge in evacuation centers on Saturday evening.
As of December 25, the death toll at NDRRMC as a result of Odette also stood at 367. Rescue and relief efforts continued as the rest of the country celebrated Christmas.
According to Estareja, the northeast shear line and monsoon, known locally as the amihan, could also bring rains to southern Luzon and northern Visayas in the coming days.
He added that the eastern and western parts of Mindanao are also experiencing some localized thunderstorms.
In its regional weather forecast for the greater Metro Manila area, Pagasa added that the capital region and surrounding areas will experience “partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rain.”
“Light to moderate winds from the northeast will prevail and coastal waters along these areas will be light to moderate,” the forecast says. – Franco Luna