Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pampanga braces for Typhoon Ompong

ACTING Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda said the preparations of the provincial government are underway for the possible onslaught of Typhoon Ompong on Friday, September 14.

Pineda appealed to the public not to panic as he assured that all preparations will be laid before the super typhoon hits the province.

“Based on the assessment, by tomorrow afternoon our manpower services will be ready. Our equipment are already on standby in our Operation Centers,” he said during an emergency meeting with the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

“I advise you not to panic. We must also pray that the typhoon will change its course and avoid landfall in our country. I already advised the local government units up to the barangay level and they are already preparing on their own,” he added.

Earlier forecasts by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) stated that the effects of the typhoon will be felt in Northern and Central Luzon by Friday afternoon.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Angie Blanco said that they received 18,400 relief packs, 5000 hygiene kits and 4,955 cavans of rice from the Office of Civil Defense.

She added that coastal towns and upland villages are being monitored as of Wednesday, September 12.

“Towns within the 4th District are expected to be the first to be affected because of flooding. Uplands are also monitored for possible landslides because of soil oversaturation,” she said.

She told the Kapampangans to keep in touch with bulletins being posted on social media sites.

“Please be informed with the latest announcements by monitoring PDRRMO’s Facebook account to avoid confusion also from other fake posts circulating the web,” she added.