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Typhoon Quiel to hit land Saturday




Posted on October 01, 2011


JUST AFTER typhoon Pedring battered Luzon this week, another typhoon, Quiel (international name: Nalgae) entered Philippine territories Friday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) said Quiel intensified and is expected to make landfall in Cagayan and Isabela on Saturday morning, instead of Saturday afternoon as earlier predicted.

In a weather bulletin, Pagasa said Quiel is expected to be at 40 kilometers (km) east of Laoag City or 90 km northwest of Tuguegarao City on Saturday afternoon and at 570 km West of Laoag City by Sunday afternoon.

The typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 170 kph, is expected to enhance southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.

Storm signal no. 3 (expect winds of 101-185 kph) was hoisted in Cagayan and Isabela on Friday. The provinces of Northern Aurora, Quirino, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands was placed under storm signal no. 2 (expect winds of 61-100 kph). Signal no. 1 (expect winds of 45-60 kph) was hoisted in the rest of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra.

Pagasa warned those in low lying and mountainous areas under storm warning signals against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, "those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," it added.

The weather disturbance is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon.

FARM DAMAGES

Typhoon Pedring’s (international name: Nesat) damage to the agricultural crops and fisheries in five regions has risen to P1.027 billion, data from the Agriculture department showed on Friday.

The data distributed to reporters by the Agriculture department showed that the affected regions as of Thursday were the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley Region, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal- Quezon (Calabarzon) and the Bicol Region.

The data showed the volume of palay losses reached 50,178 metric tons (MT), valued at P857.456 million.

Of the total 80,038 hectares planted with palay affected by the typhoon, 2,640 hectares are deemed to have no chance of recovery.

Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo R. Serrano told reporters on Friday that despite the damage left by Pedring to the farm sector, it is still possible for the government to hit its expected palay production for the year.

"Even with the damage estimates, we are still on track to target in rice," he said.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said last month that the department expects palay production to reach 17.3 million MT for the year.

The Agriculture department earlier expected palay production for the year to reach 17.46 million MT but this was reduced due to typhoons.

The volume of damaged corn crops meanwhile, was at estimated 11,026 MT worth P158.112 million.

All the 12,657 hectares of areas planted with corn affected by the storm, the data showed, still have a chance of recovery.

Damage to other high-value commercial crops reached 322 MT valued at P6.987 million.

Livestock losses were pegged at P55,650.

Losses of the fisheries sector meanwhile, particularly on equipment, was placed at P4.080 million. -- Noemi M. Gonzale/Louella D. Desiderio