Egay stirs monsoon rains; Angat Dam level rises

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Posted at Jun 30 2019 09:57 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2019 03:58 PM

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MANILA — Tropical depression Egay will continue stirring monsoon rains over large swaths of the country on Sunday, as the Angat Dam's level climbed, the state weather bureau said.

Egay was 810 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte at 3 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and 65kph gusts, said PAGASA. 

The tropical depression has a "very low chance" of hitting land, but will enhance the habagat or southwest monsoon until Tuesday, said PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja. 

Occasionally heavy monsoon rains may trigger floods and landslides in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan, warned PAGASA. 
 
Visayas and the rest of Luzon will experience scattered rains due to the habagat, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains will prevail in Mindanao, said the agency. 

PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area west of Bataan in the West Philippine Sea. The weather disturbance may intensify into a storm after leaving the Philippine area of responsibility, said Estareja. 

Rains in recent days have slowed the declining level of Angat Dam, the main water source of Metro Manila, added the meteorologist. 

At 6 a.m., Angat's level was at the 158.64-meter mark, up from Saturday's 157.96-meter level, according to the PAGASA website. 

The reading is below Angat Dam's critical level of 160 meters. 

Water supply in Metro Manila was slashed to 36 cubic meters per second from 40 m³/s earlier this month due to the dam's declining level, the National Water Resources Board said. Some areas have since experienced rotational water supply outages. 

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