Hanoi (VNA) - The Philippine government is implementing a comprehensive programme to lessen the impact of La Nina, stated Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma on June 1.

The programme is part of the Philippine government's overall strategy on climate change resiliency, he said, noting that it covers agriculture, food control and disaster risk reduction measures at the grassroots level.

According to the island country’s state weather forecasting agency, La Nina, which typically means above normal rainfall, strong monsoon activity, and the formation of above average numbers of tropical cyclones, will occur later this year, after El Nino ends.

A strong El Nino is usually followed by an equally strong La Nina, the agency warned, adding that although El Nino is waning, it will continue to cause below normal rainfall and warmer air temperatures in the country for the next several months.

From 1997 to 1998, the country experienced a strong El Nino, which was followed by a La Nina in 1999 when many parts of the country faced intense rainfall and flooding.-VNA