El Niño seen to hit Visayas starting July

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

The state weather bureau told the public to brace for the El Niño phenomenon this year.

El Niño is expected to be felt in the Visayas in the second half of 2017, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Oscar Tabada, Pagasa-Visayas head, said the amount of rainfall might drop by 20 to 50 percent of its average starting July until September.

Specifically, Iloilo will experience water scarcity due to the El Niño-induced drought, he emphasized.

Tabada advised households to start conserving water.

He also told farmers to plant drought-resistant crops.

The previous El Niño hit the country from the last quarter of 2015 until the second quarter of 2016. IMT