File photo: Typhoon ‘Butchoy’
In a worst scenario, 104 municipalities in seven regions may experience flash floods and landslide because of a possible 8-day continuous rainfall.
This is based on the hazard impact analysis of the Department of Science and Technology project nationwide operational assessment of hazards.
“We have directed regional OCD to conduct their own pre-disaster risk assessment and these are the following regions: Cordillera, 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6 and NCR,” said NDRRMC chief Ricardo Jalad.
The provinces of Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Benguet and Panay island may be affected.
Yesterday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council operations center raised its alert level to blue alert status.
NDRRMC has conducted three meetings already on the pre-disaster risk assessment or the preparations of the government agencies for the impacts of calamities.
Representatives from member agencies of NDRRMC have to stay daily at Camp Aguinaldo to monitor the typhoon, its impact and the preparedness of the local government units.
More than 4 million pesos is the standby fund and more than 5 million pesos worth of food and non-food items or 356 thousand food packs have already been prepositioned by the DSWD.
NDRRMC has been reminding the public not to be complacent with the weather updates and the possible effects of typhoon Butchoy especially this weekend.
“We’d like to advise the public because of the possible enhancement of rainfall to moderate to heavy especially the weekend. So, we advise them to forego risky activities like caving, mountaineering, and visiting waterfalls and beaches,” Jalad said.
(ROSALIE COZ/UNTV NEWS)