Around 10 to 13 tropical storms may enter or develop within the Philippine Area of Responsibility during the wet season this year, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress.
Duterte made the statement as he updated lawmakers on the water level at Angat Dam, which supplies 96% of Metro Manila’s water needs.
“Based on forecasts of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the water level in the Angat Dam will not fall below the minimum operating level (180 meters) in June of this year as the country expects 10 to 13 tropical cyclones to enter or develop inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility from May to October 2020,” he said.
An average of 20 tropical cyclones lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and destroying homes, infrastructure and other properties. — Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News