4 Caraga provinces told to brace for drought, dry spell in March

As the PAGASA warned of drought or dry spell conditions in four Caraga provinces from  March to May due to reduced rainfall, the Department of Agriculture assured farmers who may be devastated by the climate pattern that the agency has prepared for the latter’s adverse effects. Photo/Rajah Kolambo

Four provinces in Caraga were told to brace themselves for drought or dry spell conditions in March as the dry season approaches, the state weather bureau said.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA’s) Feb. 25  advisory, the four Caraga provinces are among areas across Mindanao that have been experiencing way below normal rainfall as of February 21.

PAGASA said the rainfall distribution analysis gathered from February 1 to 21 revealed that almost all provinces in Mindanao, except for Sulu and Tawi-tawi, have seen at least 60 per cent reduction in their usual rainfall they receive.

Forecast models suggest “the likely persistence of dry condition, dry spell, and drought over most areas in Mindanao,” PAGASA said.

Its forecast showed the provinces namely Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands  and Surigao del Norte were likely to feel warmer weather in the months of March, April, and May due to reduced rainfall.

Of these, Dinagat province will likely suffer from drought, Surigao del Norte will suffer from dry spell while Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur will be under dry conditions

Pagasa defines a dry spell as at least three consecutive months of 21 to 60 percent reduction in rainfall, while drought is characterized by either reduced chance of rainfall for three consecutive months or a dry spell that lasts for five consecutive months. By CLC

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