By Christian V. Esguerra
, Donna Z. Pazzibugan
Millions of people in Metro Manila hunkered down Monday as Tropical Storm “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) churned toward the southern tip of Luzon, just south of the capital, after hopscotching across islands in central Philippines over the weekend, leaving 21 people dead.
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
Tropical Storm “Mario” (international name: Fung-Wong) headed for Taiwan on Sunday, leaving 10 people dead, hundreds of millions of pesos in damage, and nearly 200,000 displaced in Luzon by massive flash floods.
Although Tropical Storm “Inday” left Philippine territory on Thursday, its enhancement of the habagat, or the southwest monsoon, is expected to continue until the weekend, just as Tropical Cyclone Jose (International name: Halong) makes its appearance, the weather bureau said.
By DJ Yap
The state weather bureau sees improving weather in the last few days of June but expects three to four tropical cyclones to hit the country in July.
A deadly earthquake in the central Philippines on Tuesday highlighted the Southeast Asian archipelago’s vulnerability to natural disasters.