Binga, Magat dams release water

Posted at 09/17/12 8:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Binga and Magat dams in Luzon continue to release water, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Monday morning.

Data from PAGASA – Flood Forecasting and Warning Section showed that Magat dam in Isabela has already breached its spilling level.

The dam's level, as of 6 a.m., was 3 meters above its spilling level of 190 meters. One of its gates was opened by a meter.

Binga dam in Benguet, on the other hand, was already 0.4 meter short its spilling level of 575 meters. One of its gates was opened by 0.4 meter.

Meanwhile, water level of Bulacan's Ipo dam was at 100.34 meters, or 0.46 meter short its spilling level. One of its gates was closed after being opened by 0.2 meter. on Sunday.

The state weather bureau is tracking a low pressure area spotted off Batanes.

It said the LPA was spotted 400 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes at 2 a.m.

PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas said the rains being felt in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon are due to the LPA's enhancement of the southwest monsoon (habagat).

Dadivas, however, said the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, and is expected to dissipate in the next 1 to 2 days.

PAGASA said Metro Manila will experience occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Occassional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced in MIMAROPA, Bicol Region and western Visayas. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.