The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) states that the El Niño in the Equatorial Pacific continues to sustain its moderate strength and is recently in his mature stage.
The country prepared for the approaching Typhoon Lupit (locally known as Ramil), provoking serious concerns that an already battered population faces further hardships, including the threat of landslides and storm surges. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the flooding caused by the two previous two typhoons has not receded, and current projections indicate that the soil has no more absorptive capacity with very limited possibilities for run-off.
Typhoon Parma, 180 km (110 miles) northeast of the island of Catanduanes in the central Philippines, gaining strength as it headed west-northwest toward the Luzon mainland, bringing heavy rain. Expected to make landfall near the northeastern province of Isabela on Saturday. Philippines declared a nationwide state of calamity. Concerns about the effects of more rain on the relief work in already flooded areas.