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Palawan is expected to experience drought with only 40 percent of rain falling below normal, revealed Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) local chief Sonny Pajarilla.

Pajarilla said Monday that the rain that occurred last week contributed to 50 percent of rain fall for the month of March.

The rain which fell on March 25 was the first after a long time for the whole month, he said.

“Kaya itong April, ang accumulated na ulan natin nitong past three months kumpara sa accumulated na ulan sa normal rain fall ng January, February and March ay medyo 40 percent pa rin ‘yon kaya medyo nandoon pa rin tayo sa boundary ng tinatawag na drought na condition,” he pointed out.

He added that the rain was significant with the volume that fell after three months.

Early next week, PAGASA is expecting a low-pressure area (LPA) system that can be formed in the Mindanao area that could cross to the province.

“We continue to monitor, may mga cloud mass tayo sa Mindanao kaya kapag meron ditong pamumuo ng kaulapan, usually ang transport nyan ay patungo rito sa atin,” he added.

This expected LPA will alleviate the water crisis experienced by Puerto Princesa City, he said.

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