The DSWD reported an increase in the number of affected persons due to drought and other related impacts of El Niño in the Philippines. PAGASA reported that there’s a strong probability that El Niño will likely continue until August 2019, with a chance of extending until the end of the year. While over a million people has already been reported to be affected, response to the impacts are still within the coping capacity of the Philippines.
The dominance of the Southwest Monsoon in the region is expected to alleviate the impacts of El Niño in the Philippines. However, seasonal model outlooks generally tend to favour below-normal rainfall for the country. This means that while rainy season is coming to the Philippines, the amount of expected rainfall will still perform below usual.