New storms may hit RP: PAGASA

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 28 2009 10:00 AM | Updated as of Sep 28 2009 06:00 PM

MANILA - The Philippines could be hit with a new typhoon as it struggles to cope with the worst flooding in more than 40 years, the government's weather forecaster said Monday.

A tropical depression and a low-pressure area were both in the Pacific Ocean and heading in the Philippines' direction, said weather station forecaster Nathaniel Cruz.

"There is the very big possibility (the tropical depression) could further intensify into a typhoon," he said in a television interview.

"We will closely monitor this," said Cruz.

However he said both potential storms were too far away to have any effect on the country for at least two days.

The depression was heading for the northern part of the main Philippine island of Luzon, where Saturday's disaster struck, but it was also possible that both weather disturbances would not reach the country, Cruz added.

Tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) dumped one month's worth of rains on the Philippine capital and surrounding areas of Luzon in a few hours on Saturday, causing massive flooding that left at least 86 dead and displacing more than 430,000.

Some of the floodwaters in Manila had still not receded after more than two days.

Although Ketsana was already well clear of the Philippines, the government's weather station forecast scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms for Luzon on Monday.