NDRRMC urges local government units to conduct preemptive evacuation
QUEZON CITY, Dec 3 (PIA) – The country’s disaster reduction council has urged local governments to conduct preemptive evacuation as flash flood and landslide are expected when the slow-moving super typhoon “Pablo” makes landfall early morning tomorrow.
Residents in landslide and flood prone areas should be on alert and follow evacuation instructions to avoid a repeat of the disaster brought about by tropical storm Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City last year, Edgardo Ollet, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) operation center chief, said in a noon briefing today.
The weather bureau Pagasa said that as of 4 pm today, the eye of typhoon Pablo was located, based on satellite and surface data, at 390 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It has a maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecast to move West at 26 kph.
Reacting to reports that some residents refused to evacuate citing sunny weather, Ollet said people should take advantage of the lead time available to them. He said Pablo is expected to bring an estimated rainfall amount from 15 mm to 30 mm per hour (heavy-intense) within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon. This rainfall volume is much heavier than that of Sendong's which was only 25 mm per hour at the maximum, he said.
"Alalahanin natin na mas mainam kung mabilis ang takbo ng bagyo, ang mas delikado ay kung ito'y mabagal at mabigat ang dalang tubig ulap (Let's remember that a typhoon that moves fast is better than a typhoon that is slow-moving but brings heavier rainfall),” said Ollet.
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm signal warning 2 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
Also, those living in coastal areas under storm signal 3 and 2 are alerted against big waves and storm surges.
Areas under public storm warning signal 3 are Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Dinagat, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Davao Oriental.
Areas under Signal 2 are Southern Leyte, Camiguin, Bohol, Mlsamis Oriental, Bukidnon , Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. While the areas of Cuyo Island, Biliran, Zamboanga, Leyte Provinces , Eastern Samar, Lanao Provinces, Western Samar , Davao del Sur, Aklan, North Cotabato, Capiz, Maguindanao, Iloilo Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu and Siquijor are declared under Signal 1.
Typhoon Pablo is forecasted to be 30 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur tomorrow morning, 150 km West of Iloilo City on Wednesday morning, and 400 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro on Thursday morning. (PIA)