Southwesterly wind flow to bring rains, gusty winds across Luzon

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

May 29, 2024, 7:55 am Updated on May 29, 2024, 10:20 am

<p><em>(</em><em>PNA photo by Joan Bondoc)</em></p>

(PNA photo by Joan Bondoc)

MANILA – The southwesterly wind flow, partly influenced by Typhoon Aghon, will cause rains and gusty winds across Luzon, the weather bureau said Wednesday.

Moderate to heavy rains will prevail over the western portions of Northern and Central Luzon and Mimaropa until Thursday.

Occasional gusty conditions may be experienced in the next three days in Batanes, Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, northern Aurora, southern mainland Quezon, Polillo Islands, Palawan, Lubang Islands, Romblon, Marinduque, and Camarines Norte.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) added that the southwesterly wind flow and the frontal system would cause moderate to rough seas over the coastal waters of Batanes.

PAGASA urges mariners of motorbancas and similarly sized vessels to take precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, Aghon was last tracked 870 km. east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon.

It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility within the day.

The typhoon packs maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph.

No tropical cyclone wind signal was hoisted.

Gov’t aid tops P4-M, 16K families affected

In its situation report Wednesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the government has provided more than PHP4.12 million worth of aid to areas hit by Aghon.

The amount covers accommodation and transportation assistance, family food packs, hot meals, hygiene kits, and "malongs" distributed in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Central Visayas.

The disaster response body has also reported that the number of families affected by the weather disturbance has reached 16,336, or equivalent to 51,659 individuals.

Of this figure, 3,878 families, or 14,816 individuals, are being sheltered in 185 evacuation centers while another 1,585 families, or 6,409 persons, are receiving aid outside evacuation centers.

The confirmed casualties from the typhoon remain at one dead and one injured, both in Northern Mindanao.

The NDRRMC is validating reports of another seven injured in the Bicol region. (with Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)