Capitol raises ‘Butchoy’ alert

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Program Division alerted Negrenses, especially those in flood-prone areas, as Typhoon Butchoy entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday, July 5.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of the PDMPD, said that although “Butchoy” is not expected to make a landfall, it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat expected to bring moisture-laden winds.

“This July, we observe the National Disaster Consciousness Month. We advise public awareness with the rainy season, to always monitor the latest weather update. Children should take precautionary measures especially those crossing the rivers in going to and from schools,” Caelian said.

Caelian said they have been monitoring the situation all over the province, but they have not received any report of flooding following the rains in the past few days.

“Butchoy” carries maximum winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph, based on the report of state weather bureau Pagasa.

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