Public told to stay alert for potential super typhoon

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-6 advised the public to remain alert as a potential super typhoon is expected to hit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.

As of 10 a.m. of Sept 10, the eye of Typhoon “Mangkhut” was located at 2,440 km East of Southern Luzon (14.4°N, 146.8°E) (outside PAR) with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving West at 30 km/h.

Mangkhut might intensify into a super typhoon as it moves over the Pacific Ocean, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

RDRRMC-6 chair Jose Roberto Nuñez said Western Visayas would experience heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon or habagat. But he said the public should not be complacent as the weather changes rapidly.

“Always listen to the news. Be ready and alert with first aid kits, flashlights, and protective gears,” he said.

Nuñez, who is also the regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-6, said he has issued a memorandum order to the concerned local DRRMCs to monitor the situation and undertake precautionary measures.

Disaster officers were also directed to implement evacuation especially to areas prone to landslide and flooding.

“They should assess the situation immediately and not wait for the incident. Our target is to have zero casualty,” he said.

RDRRMC-6 is also holding a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) today with concerned government agencies.

During the PDRA, the council will determine the agencies that will run the Operation Center, which will be stationed, at the OCD-6 office.

Meanwhile, Typhoon “Neneng” is expected to exit the country today.

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