Tropical Depression Wilma weakens, Yolanda follows-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated) -- After making a landfall on Mindanao, Tropical Depression "Wilma" weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) Monday afternoon, state weather forecasters said.
According to the 5 p.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the LPA was estimated at 32 kilometers southeast of Tagbilaran City as of 2 p.m.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the LPA was moving west at 30 kilometers per hour.
Another weather disturbance
Allan Porcadilla, administrative and training officer of the City Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said the people should always be careful and should remain vigilant especially that another weather disturbance will probably hit the region by Thursday or Friday this week.
Once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be named "Yolanda".
Yolanda has a wider coverage compared with Wilma, based on Pagasa's satellite findings.
Porcadilla added the CDRRMO convened Monday afternoon with the other government officials to discuss possible steps in dealing with the tropical depressions.
Preparation: ‘9 out of 10’
When asked about the preparedness of CDRRMO of the threats posed by Wilma, Porcadilla said “9 out of 10”.
The rescue units in the barangay level was prompted and asked to maintain their readiness, said Porcadilla.
“Ang Oro Rescue naka-ready napud (The Oro Rescue is also ready),” he said.
The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) is also preparing relief goods in case Wilma will bring about damage to Oro communities.
“The City Public Services office is also preparing their vehicles,” said Porcadilla, referring to a situation wherein evacuation is necessary.
CDRRMO is constantly monitoring the status of the rivers in Barangays Iponan, Tablon, Bugo and in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
He said the Oro Rescue is up 24/7, and that rubber boats and patrol boats are ready if disasters take place.
“Residents near the riverbanks and seashore should always be vigilant,” said Porcadilla as an advice to the people especially that storm surge and flashfloods can take place.
Porcadilla also warned the residents in hinterland villages for possible threats of landslide due to Wilma.
Pagasa also warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous places in Southern Leyte, Leyte and Bohol due to heavy rains.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said it has disseminated information with regard to the storm’s development down to the municipal level through SMS (short message service) and facsimile.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) placed all its units on alert and ordered the cancellation of sea travel in the provinces in Northern Mindanao, affecting at least 4,000 passengers.
Coast Guard commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said all types of sea crafts are not permitted to travel in areas and routes where Public Storm Warning Signals are presently hoisted by Pagasa.
"All those who will violate rules will be subjected for the suspension or revocation of their franchises," Isorena said.
The memorandum circular also mentioned if a shipping vessel was caught by public storm warning in the middle of the sea, it should take shelter immediately and not risk the lives of their passengers.
A total of 4,707 passengers are currently stranded in the ports of Manila, Cebu and various roll-on-roll vessel terminals in Southern Negros and Bohol after most of the shipping passengers decided to suspend the operations of their vessels that supposedly will sail on areas affected by Wilma.
"Part din kasi ng storm path eh, dadaanan yun ng bagyo. Ayaw na nila magaya nung Typhoon Frank wherein no signal number was hoisted sa Metro Manila but yung dinaanan ng Princess of the Stars meron," Isorena said.
Isorena also directed all the in-charge district commanders in the areas affected to coordinate with their counterpart in the Regional Disaster Risk and Management Council for the rescue and assistance activities. (With reports from Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on November 06, 2013.