Albay evacuates residents as Typhoon ‘Ambo’ threatens Bicol, Samar areas
Robie de Guzman • May 14, 2020 • 276
MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Albay on Thursday ordered the evacuation of vulnerable residents ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo (international name: VongFong).
The regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said families and individuals living in low-lying, coastal, mountainous, flood- and landslide-prone areas, and within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone of Mayon volcano will be prioritized in the evacuation.
The OCD added that residents near Mayon volcano channels, including in Barangay Miisi, Binaan, Anoling, Quirangay, Maninila, Masarawag, Muladbucad, Nasisi, Mabinit, Matan-ag, and Basud will also ve evacuated.
OCD-Region 5 chief of operations Akim Berces said local disaster councils have been advised to strictly follow evacuation and health protocols under the community quarantine to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while carrying out evacuation efforts.
“Nagi-evacuate na po tayo as early as now, para po ma-practice natin yung minimum health standards na kailangan sa COVID-19,” Berces said.
Local disaster offices have also been advised to use other evacuation centers that are not being utilized as quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients.
“Hindi nila gagamitin yung quarantine facilities for this evacuation para kay Ambo… nakahiwalay po talaga siya. ‘Yung sa COVID-19, sa COVID-19 lang, ‘yung sa evacuation center, doon po lang din,” Berces said.
As of posting time, heavy rains and strong winds brought about by ‘Ambo’ have begun lashing parts of Bicol and Samar.
As of 12:15 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Typhoon Ambo has made landfall over San Policarpio, Eastern Samar.
PAGASA said ‘Ambo’ may bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Samar Provinces, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be felt in Albay, Camarines Sur, and the rest of Eastern Visayas.
In its 11 a.m. update, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 3 was raised over Sorsogon, Albay, and Ticao Island, Northern Samar, northern portions of Eastern Samar, and Samar. (note: Pagasa said this is still valid for broadcast until 2 pm)
TCWS no. 2 was raised over the southern part of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Burias Island, mainland Masbate, and Marinduque; Biliran, the rest of Samar and Eastern Samar.
Meanwhile, TCWS no. 1 was hoisted over Aurora, southern portion of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Romblon, Bataan, and Pampanga; and the northern portion of Leyte. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Allan Manansala)
MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) east of Quezon Province has developed into tropical depression (TD) ‘Butchoy,’ according to the latest report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 4:00 pm on Thursday (June 11), PAGASA located the eye of TD Butchoy at 75 km Northwest of Daet, Camarines Norte.
It is moving West-Northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Thus, PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (CWS) No. 1 over the following areas:
The southern portion of Aurora
The northern and central portion of Quezon
Under TCWS #1, winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
TD Butchoy is forecast to cross Polillo Islands and make landfall over northern Quezon-southern Aurora area between tonight and tomorrow morning Friday (June 12).
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