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Monday, December 14, 2015

Albay DRR authorities on full alert over typhoon Nona

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 14 (PIA) – As typhoon Nona is expected to landfall over Sorsogon and cross over Albay early tonight, the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) is now on full implementation of its zero casualty strategy.

Albay governor and PDRRMC chair Joey Salceda has earlier suspended classes in all levels and work in government and private offices in the province except those involved in DRR concerns, banks and malls or commercial establishments.

“By the emergency powers vested in me by RA 10121, PDRRMC authorization and the declaration of a State of Imminent Disaster by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 0060-2015, I hereby order the suspension of work in all establishments both public and private except in public entities engaged in disaster response,” Salceda cited in his advisory.

“This is to keep our people from exposing themselves to the hazards (heavy rains, strong winds, floods, landslides and lahar flows) if they go out to transact with banks and purchase necessities with commercial establishments while the emergency would last only for 8 hours when those needs could eventually be served,” Salceda furthered.

As the province is still hoisted under storm signal 3 relief goods are currently repacked and distributed for ongoing massive evacuation with the governor further requesting 13,000 bags of rice from National Food Authority for relief operations.

Concerned government agencies in the province have likewise issued advisories to their clients.

Legazpi City Water District (LCWD) calls on its clients to save extra water as typhoon Nona may affect water sources and decrease water supply. For emergency repairs of water lines and other concerns, call 09175721347 and cite specific details such as status, location and landmark.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Bicol director Maria Ravanilla likewise issued advisory for suspension of tourism related activities in the region pursuant to the Joint Memorandum of Agreement (JMA) for full implementation of “No Tourism Activity Policy”calling off or suspending adventure travel/sports, sightseeing activities, and other outdoor activity services of tourism enterprises and the prohibition on any touristic activity in cases of severe weather conditions.

“Due to the exigencies of the time and situations of extreme weather disturbances, it is imperative and expedient that this JMA for its full implementation,” Ravanilla said.

The Albay Health Emergency Management Team of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) is also on “standy by” and “ready” status in anticipation of any eventualities related to typhoon Nona.

Meanwhile, a  total of 1,052 passengers are stranded in the ports of the four provinces of Bicol,according to report of Coast Guard (PCG) Bicol  in the meeting of the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council this morning following the hoisting of the Public Storm Signal No. 3 Sunday evening in provinces of Albay, Catanduanes and Sorsogon and in Ticao Island, Masbate.

In Albay, stranded in the port of Tabaco City are 179 passengers, 11 rolling cargoes; Pioduran, 155 passengers, 20 rolling cargoes. In Sorsogon: Bulan, six passengers; Pilar, 95 passengers, 14 rolling cargoes; and Matnog, 500 passengers, 115 rolling cargoes.

In Virac, Catanduanes, held at the port for safety are six passengers, three rolling cargoes; San Andres, four passengers, two rolling cargoes.

In Masbate: Bapor port, 61 passengers, seven vessels, two motor bancas and 22 rolling cargoes; Aroroy, one passenger; Cataingan, 42 passengers, two vessels and 16 rolling cargoes; Calumpang, Masbate City, two motor bancas.

As of 11:00 this morning, typhoon Nona made its landfall at Batag Northern Samar with estimated heavy to intense rainfall within its 300 km diameter and maximum sutained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Nona is expected to pass over the northern tip of Northern Samar around noon today and make landfall over Sorsogon early tonight then cross Albay and Burias Island.

Signal 3 is up in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands while Camarines Norte is in signal 2.

Pagasa further advises the public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 5:00 PM today.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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