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El Niño Phenomenon

Jul 2nd 2010 at 4:59 AM

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The El Niño phenomenon is an unusual weather pattern that takes place every two to seven years. The name (Spanish for "the Christ Child") was at first used by 19th-century by Peruvian fishermen to depict the yearly flow of warm equatorial waters southward around Christmastime. The term is now used for a strong ocean warming that sweeps from the western Pacific to South America.

This "irregular occurrence" is generated by an irregular weakening of the normally westward-blowing trade winds, which in turn permits warm surface waters to extend east towards Australia and Southeast Asia. The Climatic Indicators of El Niño are; delayed onset of the rainy season, early termination of the rainy season, weak monsoon activity, isolated heavy downpours with short duration, weak tropical cyclone activity.

The Effects of El Niño in the Philippines holds many environmental problems such as   prolonged drought spells, deterioration of soil, effect on water quality, prevalence of forest fire, and insufficiencies of domestic water supply.

In Zamboanga City the phenomenon has brought many health and environmental problems to the city. Shortage in water supply in our watersheds that is used for irrigation and power supply generation has resulted in intermittent power supply outages in the City. This situation has greatly affected the lives of all Zamboanguenos from ordinary folks to government employees, students, and businessmen alike.

This scenario greatly affected farmers who entirely depended on fresh water for irrigation of their farmlands this resulted to poor agricultural yields in the city and the region.

Furthermore health officials had cautioned people against the potential health hazards brought by El Niño, as he reported high cases associated to dehydration, viral and bacterial infections.

My Views/Opinion

So what’s the solution amidst all of these concerns that we are facing?

The answer to that is there is no solution to the El Niño phenomenon it is absolutely a natural cycle even if we wanted to change it, there is nothing humans could do.

Except of course local government units together with  national agencies  concerned  can established calamity and disaster management units to mitigate impacts from El  Niño, because after all this phenomenon was forecasted…..right?

 

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