As Tropical Storm “RAMON” draws closer to land, residents and local government units of affected areas in the country are advised to take precautionary measures. This was emphasized by the NDRRMC Pre Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Core Group that was convened today, 13 November 2019.
According to PAGASA, TS “RAMON” may bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and over eastern portion of Cagayan and Isabela between today, 13 November, until tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may be experienced over Apayao, Aurora, Quezon, and the rest of Cagayan, Isabela, and Bicol Region.
Between afternoon of 14 November until 15 November, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over the eastern portion of Cagayan and Isabela. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may also be experienced over Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, Quezon, Aurora, and Apayao.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TWCS) #2 is raised over Catanduanes, while TWCS #1 is raised for Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) identified a total of 420 barangay at risk of flooding and landslides due to TS “Ramon” in Regions I, II, V and CAR. People in these areas are advised to monitor updates from their local DRRM offices and watch out for signs of possible landslides such as water seepage and tilting of trees. Residents near rivers, creeks, lakes and seas affected by continuous rainfall are recommended to head for higher ground and to stay away from flood waters.
Meanwhile, sea vessels in areas under TWCS, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon are warned not to sail for the time being due to rough sea conditions.
DSWD Usec Felicisimo Budiongan reported that the agency prepositioned 294,650 Family Food Packs across seventeen DSWD field offices. Non-Food Items amounting to Php 684,000,000.00 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.
Dir Edgar Tabell of the DILG said that local governments should be ready for possible evacuation of communities susceptible to landslide and flooding.
Tropical Storm Ramon is expected to make landfall this Saturday over the province of Isabela in Cagayan Region. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Tuesday next week.
“We are ready for this storm and all disaster councils are prepared,” said Usec Budiongan just before adjourning the PDRA meeting. The PDRA is a preparatory activity regularly done by NDRRMC to coordinate preparedness measures of various line agencies and disaster councils prior to the onset of tropical cyclones and other emergencies.