PDRRMO on alert
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) was placed on alert yesterday as Typhoon “Mangkhut” nears the country.
In a weather bulletin issued to PDRRMO by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility today, where the system will be given the local name “Ompong.”
PAGASA satellite data showed the storm’s last location at 1,845 kilometers east of southern Luzon, with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts up to 210 kph.
The storm was also shown moving west at 25 kph and expected to traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area by Saturday.
PDRRMO head Zeaphard Caelian said, although the storm is not expected to hit the Visayas area, the storm will enhance the southwest monsoon in the Western Visayas, which could bring moderate to heavy rains across the province.
Caelian said city and municipal DRRMOs were also told to prepare necessary resources as possible landslides and flash floods may occur.
They were also told to review contingency and response plans in case there is a need to evacuate local residents.
Caelian added, all hospitals in the province will be placed on ‘White Alert’ status in order to tend to any casualties.
The PDRRMO also coordinated with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office for relief supplies, with Caelian assuring they have enough food and medical supplies should an evacuation take place./DGB, WDJ