Aug 242013

More heavy rains threaten the Philippines even as parts of Luzon have yet to recover from floods brought by enhanced southwest monsoon rains.

This, as the low pressure area seen east of Dinagat Islands developed into a tropical depression named “Nando,” state weather bureau Pagasa said in its 11:30 a.m. update Sunday.

“At 10:00 a.m. today, the center of tropical depression ‘Nando’ was estimated based on all available data at 290 kilometers east of Borongan City,” Pagasa said.

“Nando” had maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph), it added, noting that it is expected to move north northwest at 13 kph.

“Estimated rainfall amount is from 5-15 millimeters per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the tropical depression,” Pagasa said further.

“Nando” is forecast to be at 270 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes Monday morning and at 340 kilometers east of Casiguran, Auroroa by Tuesday morning.

By Wednesday morning, the tropical depression is expected to be at 310 kilometers northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, Pagasa said.

“Nando” threatens the Philippines only days after Metro Manila and nearby provinces have been swamped by heavy southwest monsoon rains enhanced by storm “Maring.”

Persistent floods amid days of torrential downpour have killed at least 18 people and driven thousands of Filipinos out of their homes.

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