15 days of rain hit Subic from Sunday to Monday
MANILA - The volume of rain which fell on parts of Zambales from Sunday to Monday was equal to 15 days of rain it would normally get for the month, causing heavy flooding in the province, a weather forecaster said Tuesday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said normal rainfall monitoring for Iba, Zambales is at 559.5 millimeters (mm) for the entire month of September.
PAGASA data, however, showed Iba experienced 405 mm of rain from Sunday night to Monday afternoon.
Pura said Subic, Zambales experienced even heavier rainfall from Sunday to Monday. Rainfall in Subic reached 359.7 mm last Sunday, which is over half of the 695.8 mm average rainfall for the town for the entire month of September.
Meanwhile, the PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City experienced 148.8 mm of rain last Sunday from an average of 451.2 mm for the entire month of September.
Landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 24 people in Zambales province on Monday morning. Fifteen of the victims perished in 2 separate landslides in Barangay Wawandue and Barangay San Isidro in Subic town, according to Subic Mayor Jefferson Khonghun.
The mayor said the areas where the landslides occurred are not on the geo-hazard maps provided by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
"First time nangyari sa history ng Subic na nagkaroon ng landslide sa lugar na yon. Hindi yun yung mga lugar na nilikas namin. Kapag umuulan hindi yun yung lugar kung saan delikado," Khonghun told dzMM. With a report by Johnson Manabat, radio dzMM