Severe Tropical Storm (STS) “QUIEL” may intensify into a typhoon and bring light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains to Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands and Apayao. The storm however remains less likely to make landfall in the country. Residents in Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Mindoro Provinces, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras will be affected by light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains. STS “QUIEL” is not expected to make landfall and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday night or Saturday morning.

Other residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures and monitor updates from their local DRRM offices.

Based on the rainfall forecasts presented by PAGASA, the MGB assessed 1,015 barangays with high to very high susceptibility to rain-induced flooding and at least 620 also with high and very high susceptibility to rain-induced landslides to be affected by STS “QUIEL”. These are in Regions I, II, III, and CAR. People in those areas are advised to monitor updates from their local DRRM offices and watch for signs of possible landslides. Other areas affected by continuous rainfall are recommended to check for signs of landslides.

Sea vessels are advised against sea travel in the northern and western seaboards of Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

DILG is on alert for possible evacuations especially in areas susceptible to landslide and flooding. While DSWD has prepositioned 147,650 Family Food Packs across six field offices in or nearby affected areas in case response and relief is required. Non-Food Items amounting to Php 469,092,282.67 are stored in the same offices. Other offices have stocks ready for dispatch in any case a difficulty arises in the mobilization of resources in affected regions.

Further, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convened the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Core Group today at 2:00PM, 07 November 2019, at the NDRRM Operations Center to discuss the updates and action plan of national government agencies. RDRRMCs and PDRRMCs have also reported on actions taken at the Regional Level such as sending of advisories and securing vulnerable groups from outdoor activities

RDRRMOCs are advised to disseminate weather updates and bulletins and stand by for possible response actions. Meanwhile, the NDRRMOC will continue to monitor the effects of the severe tropical storm and to facilitate coordination for inter-agency actions.