El Niño may have a devastating impact on the Philippines’ rice harvest this summer season resulting from lack of rainfall

Australian local weather specialists imagine the Philippines is in danger of a drought attributable to the El Niño climate phenomenon this 12 months.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the chance of El Niño forming in 2017 has risen, pushing the bureau’s ‘El Niño-Southern Oscillation’ (ENSO) standing from “neutral” to “watch”.

A press release issued by the bureau stated: “Seven of eight international models surveyed by the bureau indicate steady warming in the central tropical Pacific Ocean over the next six months. Six models suggest El Niño thresholds may be reached by July 2017.”

From late 2015 till June 2016, the Philippines skilled one of the most extreme El Niño droughts on document. The agriculture sector took a critical hit, with the manufacturing of staple crops such as rice at low ranges.

The Philippines suffered an identical drought in 1998 when 70 p.c of the nation was affected and 4 billion pesos value of crops have been broken. The nation’s essential agriculture sector contracted by 6.four p.c that 12 months.

El Niño in the Philippines is characterised by delayed onset or early termination of the wet season.

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Source: philippineslifestyle

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