2 to 3 cyclones may enter PH in August

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) -- Two to three tropical cyclones may enter the country's monitoring area in August, but not in the next three to five days, the state weather bureau said on Friday.

"Since we are still on an active southwest monsoon season, we are going to expect rains even though hindi lumapit sa ating bansa itong mga bagyo (the cyclones are not yet moving closer to our country)," forecaster Raymond Ordinario of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration told CNN Philippines' New Day.

He also said that for the next five days, the southwest monsoon will continue to drench most parts of Luzon, specifically Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro. Occasional rain will also prevail over Metro Manila.

"Ang nakikita po natin na medyo magandang balita is hindi naman po ito magiging kasing lakas tulad ng isang linggo," Ordinario said.

[Translation: The good news that we are seeing is, the monsoon rains will not be as intense as last week.]

There has been no let-up in monsoon rains in Luzon since early this week, triggering heavy flooding, landslides and agricultural damage in many areas.

Farm losses reached P615.72 million as of July 29. At least 24,596 farmers in Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region and Western Visayas were affected, the Department of Agriculture said on Thursday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council earlier confirmed that 39-year-old woman died in a vehicular accident caused by a fallen tree amid heavy rains in Baguio City last week. The NDRRMC said on Wednesday it was validating three more reports of deaths.