'Chantu' to enhance habagat, bring more rains

April Rafales, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2016 09:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A tropical depression outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has developed into a storm with the international name of "Chantu," and will reinforce the southwest monsoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Sunday.

In their 5:00 a.m. update, PAGASA said the amount of rainfall that the Philippines has been experiencing over the weekend is nowhere near that of Ondoy in 2009 and Habagat in 2012, where thousands of families were displaced and lives were lost.

"Chantu" was last spotted 2,060-km east of extreme Northern Luzon and is moving 19 kph northeast.

It is not expected to enter PAR, but it will continue to reinforce the southwest monsoon, thus bringing even more rains to Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The La Mesa Dam is also on red alert status now, as the water level is currently at 80.01-meters. The dam can only hold up to 80.15-meters and will spill any excess water.

Areas that will be directly affected are Malabon, Tullahan River, Valenzuela, and Quezon City.

In Quezon City, residents living in Quirino Highway, Goodwill Homes, Capri, Sta. Quiteria, and Brgy. San Bartolome have been advised to evacuate.

In Valenzuela, families living in Brgy. Ligon, North Expressway, and La Huerta have also been advised to evacuate.

General areas usually flooded in Malabon are expected to receive spillover water from La Mesa Dam, too.

Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

Occasional rains will occur over the Ilocos Region, Cordillera, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall warning is still raised over Metro Manila, Rizal, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, and Pampanga.