“Kammuri” continues to intensify just outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility as it now moves West-Southwestward. The typhoon will be named “TISOY” as it enters the PAR by day’s end to Sunday early morning. Landfall is expected over Bicol by Tuesday morning, bringing frequent heavy rains until Wednesday in Luzon and other areas in Visayas. Vigilant monitoring for possible flooding and rain-induced landslides in identified affected areas was strongly advised by the National Disaster Disk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) during its Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting held this morning.

According to PAGASA, as of 10:00AM today, “Kammuri” is located 1,220 km East of Southern Luzon (outside PAR) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h. “Kammuri” may intensify further and reach peak intensity in 1 to 3 days. PAGASA warned of the likelihood of maximum sustained winds reaching 185 km/h and the possible raising of at least Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 on these dates. The public should expect strong gales and winds that can uproot large trees, topple posts, and destroy houses made of light materials. Storm surge is also possible in coastal areas affected.

The typhoon’s outer rainbands will bring showers over Bicol Region as early as Monday. Meanwhile, continuous heavy rains may affect Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Samar Island on Tuesday to Wednesday morning. In the same period, frequent heavy rains are projected over Northern Luzon due to the typhoon’s interaction with the tail-end of a cold front. At least 1,964 barangays in mountainous areas are highly susceptible to landslide while 5,345 barangays are highly susceptible to flooding which may may occur in low-lying areas in Regions I, II, III, CAR, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VI and VIII. Magat Dam may release water from its shed and cause flooding in certain areas depending on the amount of rainfall. Albay, Camarines Norte and Quezon provinces are also expecting high tides on Tuesday.

Residents in the identified areas should monitor tension cracks, fractured rocks and sediments, sliding slope and active slides, and soil overburden which are common signs of impending landslides. Likewise, residents in low-lying areas or near riverbanks who experience prolonged rainfall should exercise caution and monitor the level of river water considering that heavy rainfall may cause riverbank erosion, shift of river flow direction, debris flows and artificial damming. The public is advised to consider the possible raising of TCWS #1 for their travel plans as early as Sunday in Bicol Region which automatically cancels all maritime travel.

DSWD has prepositioned 296,585 family food packs across 17 field offices in or nearby areas to be affected. Non-food relief items amounting to Php 639 million are also stored in field offices. Also as part of contingency plans, the NDRRMC has ensured that additional stocks are on standby and ready for dispatch when needed. DILG and DSWD are likewise on alert for possible evacuations especially in affected areas wherein potential evacuation centers have also been prepared.

OCD Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo B Jalad asked all agencies and regional offices to be alert for possible response to the typhoon’s effects. “Let us upscale our preparations and ensure the safety of the public and even our SEA Games delegates and athletes. Residents should not take this storm lightly and must up their preparedness efforts to minimise the risks they face,” Jalad said.

NDRRMC is on BLUE alert status to monitor the effects and response actions for Typhoon “Kammuri”. Emergency Operations Centers have also been activated in Regions I, II, III, CAR, NCR, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, and VIII. Moreover, the EOCs maintain close coordination with the NDRRMC.