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(26 July 2021)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council calls on its regional and local counterparts and the public to brace for more rains brought by the southwest monsoon or Habagat.

Typhoon Fabian is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, however monsoon rains will continue to persist in different parts of the country until Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The state weather bureau also said that the country is currently experiencing mild La Nina which can bring a higher rainfall amount and winds.

NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reminded the public on Saturday to prepare for possible strong tropical cyclones that may affect the country this rainy season.

"Muli na namang nararanasan ng bansa ang mga pangkaraniwang sakuna dulot ng malalakas na pag-uulan gaya ng mga pagbaha at landslide. Dahil nasa kalagitnaan pa lang tayo ng panahon ng tag-ulan, asahan natin na maaring masundan pa ang mga ito lalo kung dumating ang mga malalakas na mga bagyo. Ngayon ay panahon ng ibayong pag-iingat para sa ating mga kababayan sa lahat ng dako ng ating kapuluan." he said.

Defense Secretary Lorenzana also assured the public of the government's preparedness to ensure its response actions for the entry of tropical cyclones.

Meanwhile, in the latest situation report of NDRRMC, the southwest moonsoon enhanced by Typhoon Fabian has already affected 50,676 families or 202,213 individuals in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region. Displaced families are currently staying in 365 evacuation centers.

One dead and two injured individuals were also reported at Kennon Road Baguio.

Damage to infrastructure is now at 2.4 million which was incurred in Ilocos Region, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas while damage to agriculture is now 102.3M.

A total of 572 houses were also reported damaged in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, CAR, and NCR.

Moreover, 244 flooding incidents were experienced in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, CAR, and NCR.

The NDRRMC continues to monitor the situation of the affected regions and ensures that needed assistance is continuously provided to the residents.