Luzon and Metro Manila received a “double dose” of heavy rainfall on the first week of August in 2012. The first was expected from an incoming tropical storm, but the one that followed, emanating from a habagat, caught everyone by surprise.
Typhoon Gener (international name Saola) brought intense rains (enhanced by a southwest monsoon) over northern parts of the country, damaged crops amounting to around P200 million, and affected half a million Filipinos. It left 51 people dead and six missing.
Gener left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on August 3, but the southwest monsoon continued to affect western Luzon and Visayas. It was unusual for monsoon rains to cause considerable damage, but the “habagat of August 2012″ did. It put huge parts of Metro Manila at a standstill, displaced twice as many people as Gener, caused 11 deaths, and affected 90 towns.
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