NDRRMC braces for Tropical Storm Glenda-A A +A
Monday, July 14, 2014
ABOUT 934 barangays in areas placed under public storm warning signal number 1 are susceptible to landslide, while 3,958 villages are flood-prone, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday.
Alexander Pama, NDRRMC executive director, said all concerned government agencies were alerted after the disaster agency assessed the possible impact and risks of Tropical Storm Glenda (Rammasun).
"'Yung mga nasa low-lying areas, naalerto na din natin ang mga tao natin sa mga lugar na iyon, sila 'yung mga prone sa landslides and flash floods (People living in low-lying areas were alerted against landslides and flash floods)," he said.
Pama also said that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is continuously monitoring the movement of Glenda.
The Northern Luzon Command, South Luzon Command and National Capital Region Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the local units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were placed on heightened alert and were tasked to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) executives such as municipal mayors and barangay chairmen for additional assistance.
"Mabilis ang galaw ng bagyong ito at pabago-bago. Yesterday, we expected it to make landfall in Aurora Quezon, Baler, however, as per Pagasa it will make landfall in the area of Virac in Catanduanes," Pama said.
Pama said they have conducted initial preparations as early as Saturday to avoid a repeat of incidents that happened when Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Philippines in November last year and killed thousands of people.
Pama said, though, that Glenda is weaker than Yolanda.
Based on Pagasa's latest update, Typhoon Glenda was spotted at 570 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes with 95 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum winds and 120 kph gustiness.
Public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised in Northern Samar, Masbate, Ticao Island, Burias Island, Marinduque, Quezon, Polillo Island, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Southern Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan and Metro Manila.
Placed under storm signal number 2 were Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.
Pagasa weather forecaster Rene Pasyente said Glenda's strength can be compared to Typhoon Milenyo, which hit the country in 2006.
"Magkasing lakas sila ngayon (Glenda and Milenyo) pero maaari pa na maging malakas si Typhoon Glenda dahil nasa karagatan pa siya ngayon, pero ang lakas na niya ay 'yung lakas ni Milenyo nung nag-landfall na siya," he said.
Pasyente said the weather disturbance is expected to make landfall in Virac, Catanduanes on Tuesday morning, between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and will cross Camarines provinces toward Quezon Province.
He said the tropical storm will start affecting the Bicol Region Monday night, then Quezon and Aurora by Tuesday morning.
Sea vessels were urged not to venture along eastern seaboard of Luzon due to big waves generated by the storm.
Pasyente said the possible storm surge of Typhoon Glenda is not above one meter.
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Pama asked the public, particularly those living in areas affected by the typhoon, to cooperate with the LGUs executives to avoid untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has announced suspension of classes as early as Monday afternoon due to the possible effects of the tropical storm. It eiterated the rules on automatic class suspension during typhoons. (Sunnex)