Folk unmindful of Typhoon ‘Vinta’-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Thousands of folks paying respects to their departed on Thursday ignored the threat of Typhoon "Vinta," as they started lighting candles and continued cleaning tombs in various cemeteries and memorial parks across the city.
Vinta, which upgraded into a typhoon, was estimated at 200 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 am Thursday, with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Vinta poses a real threat to extreme Northern Luzon, with many areas under Signal No. 2 and 3, with provinces in Central Luzon -- Pampanga included -- under Signal No. 1 with rains expected today, Friday, before the weather disturbance leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility at noon.
"We're used to rains and floods in this part of the public cemetery. We've brought the necessary umbrellas and set-up our tent just in case," said Armando David, who was helping friends clean tombs at this city’s public cemetery where the southern part is still under about six inches of water.
In another private memorial park in Barangay Dolores, the family of Grace Tabuena sat under the huge “tolda” with flower offerings and lit candles.
"Sanay na po kami sa ulan at bagyo pag Undas. Mabuti po kung hindi umulan at mawala ang bagyo dahil importante ang pag-gunita natin sa mga yumaong mahal natin sa buhay. Mas mainam po siguro kung magdasal tayo para naman umalis na ang bagyo," she told Sun.Star Pampanga.
Meanwhile, the City Government here led by Mayor Edwin Santiago has deployed several emergency medical teams and police patrols in various cemeteries to ensure the orderly observance of All Saints Day.
Santiago also said that marshals, aside from traffic enforces, will be on call 24 hours until Saturday morning to manage traffic and assist pedestrians trooping to cemeteries and memorial parks.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 01, 2013.