Southern Philippines battered by third storm of 2013

• February 19, 2013
Damage after Typhoon Bophal in December 2012, Creative Commons: Joelle Goire EU/ECHO, 2012

Damage after Typhoon Bophal in December 2012, Creative Commons: Joelle Goire EU/ECHO, 2012

Tropical Depression Crising hit the Philippines on Tuesday over the province of Davao del Sur, forcing flood evacuations in the area as well as killing one and injuring two. This is the third storm to hit the island of Mindanao in 2013 alone, an occurrence that local meteorologists report is highly “unusual.”  They believe the increase in storms may be attributed to climate change.  The Philippines are still reeling from the impact of Typhoon Bopha in December of 2012.

Weather disturbances are usually unheard of in Mindanao, especially at this time of year. But these are no longer ordinary times. Two of the deadliest storms to strike the Philippines in the last two years,  Sendong and Pablo, barreled through Mindanao and away from the usual typhoon belt of Samar heading north to Luzon. Auring and Bising were the first cyclones to hammer Mindanao this year.

Nathaniel Cruz, GMA News’ resident meteorologist, said that frequent weather disturbances in Mindanao, especially during the first few months of the year, are highly “unusual.”

He added that historically, cyclones only hit Mindanao once every 10 years on the average.

Meanwhile, Thelma Cinco, climatologist from PAGASA, said that the recent destructive cyclones to hit Mindanao “clearly shows a change in weather pattern” in the area.

“It is really rare to have tropical cyclones in that part of the country, but now, we have three cyclones in two months,” Cinco said in a separate interview.

Read more: GMA News>>

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