BSWM begins mapping of La Niña affected areas

BSWM begins mapping of La Niña affected areas

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Philippines: The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Philippines, has started mapping upland and lowland farms vulnerable to flooding and landslides in a bid to reduce the impact of the onslaught of La Niña.

La Niña has been blamed for prolonged heavy rains due to the cooling of sea surface temperatures. La Niña conditions also favour tropical cyclone formation over the Western Pacific, which tends to increase the number of storms and typhoons.

The weather bureau has already issued an advisory that said there is an increasing probability of occurrence of La Niña beginning in the third quarter of this year that may result to above normal rainfall, especially in eastern parts of the country.

In his report to Agriculture Secretary Bernie G. Fondevilla, BSWM Executive Director Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada said that BSWM had lined up activities for the next six months to mitigate the adverse effects of La Niña. These measures would be centred on coastal provinces with moderate and severe flooding as well as mountainous and upland or hilly areas. Further, Tejada added that the BSWM measures would cost only P61 million.

Source: Manila Bulletin