The island province is under heightened alert as the eye of the typhoon was estimated at 725 km East of Virac, Catanduanes.
Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [09.13.18] – The provincial government of Catanduanes was placed under “Bravo Alert” status on Wednesday and has alerted its eight local government units to enforce evacuations of all residents residing in low lying areas, particularly the coastal villages in anticipation to the possible effects of storm surge that might be brought by Typhoon Ompong.
According to the interview with Board Member, Raffy Zuniega food provisions and other basic needs of the evacuees were already prepositioned in the respective local government units as the evacuations were ordered yesterday as the decision was made by Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council.
Board Member Zuniega has presided the emergency meeting of the Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council in preparation to the contingency plan of the island province on the approaching typhoon.
He assured that the supply of rice in the evacuation centers is sufficient as the 600 bags of rice are already prepositioned as of yesterday – including heavy equipment and personnel from the provincial office of Department of Public Works and Highways in Catanduanes are ready to be deployed in areas that landslides may occur.
Evacuations were already enforced in the municipalities of Baras, Gigmoto, Viga, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, Pandan, Caramoran and San Andres due to the potential hazards of storm surges.
The selected areas in these low lying areas are identified as prone areas of storm surge, Zuniega explained.
Meanwhile, Catanduanes Governor Joseph “Boboy” Cua also assured his constituents of provincial government the contingency preparations to reduce the risks that Typhoon Ompong might bring but urged his people to cooperate on the evacuation plans.
Cua reiterated that the heightened alert status is only meant to assure the public that safety precautionary measures are strictly observed to save lives and properties during the height of the forthcoming severe weather.
As per PAGASA weather forecast today, the location of eye/center: At 10:00 this morning today, the eye of Typhoon “OMPONG” was located based on all available data at 725 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.5 °N, 130.9 °E) with Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 205 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 255 km/h and moving West at 20 km/h.