Editorial: The season’s here, be ready

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

EXPECT rains, and tropical storm Rammasun. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed Rammasun at 1,420 km east of Bicol Region and is expected to enter Philippine area of responsibility today as it moves westward or right toward the Philippines at 20 kph.

It’s still far, Pagasa says, although it already advised the public to be alert and monitor the updates.

The website wunderground.com, however, warns that upper-level winds “near/over Rammasun are slowly becoming more favorable”, favorable to become stronger that is.


“The more closely the wind flow over the storm center mimics a complete, clockwise circulation, the more favorable the environment is for strengthening. Right now, the southern half of the storm is benefiting from a more favorable upper wind flow than the northern half,” as it warns that Rammasun, which still does not have a Filipino name, will impact the Philippines.

Granted that it is heading toward Luzon, we know that rain has been falling the past nights. Heavy rains at that. This means that once more, the soil will soon be oversaturated and with it, flashfloods and landslides. That is already part of our existence, we just have to keep a keen watch for the signs.

Also, the past days has seen the rise of dengue cases. That is also expected since there has been a considerable length of time where there was no rain. Now the rainy season has begun, and the mosquito eggs are hatching – dengue-carrying ones included.

We’ve been seeing worsening calamities as the years progress and we know we haven’t yet seen the worst. We just have to be prepared all the time and live the lessons we have all learned in the past.

First, never disregard the threat of dengue. It’s real and it can kill. If the rains flood up and keep moist more areas around your house than you can dry them up, then at least make sure you keep mosquito repellent handy. There is also the threat of chikungunya. Same vector – mosquitoes. Bottomline: The threat is real and life-threatening. The best defense is keeping your surrounding clean.

When warnings are raised to evacuate your homes, then simply pack up, lock up, and leave. It pays to bring a few essentials as well, like water, food, and bug spray.

With calamities growing worse and diseases getting more prevalent, the operative phrase is, take heed and follow.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 14, 2014.


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