NDRRMC urges public to brace for typhoon ‘Mangkhut’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 11, 2018   •   4160

NDRRMC Spokesperson Dir. Edgar Posadas

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Disaster officials have raised the highest alert as typhoon Mangkhut draws closer to the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

‘Mangkhut,’ which will be called ‘Ompong’ once it enters PAR on Wednesday, is threatening to bring heavy rains and may intensify into a super typhoon as stated earlier by the state weather bureau PAGASA.

Under red alert, all concerned agencies are tasked to prepare for the typhoon and send representatives to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) operations center.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Director Edgar Posadas, a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting was conducted last night with concerned agencies at the Camp Aguinaldo to brace for the possible onslaught of ‘Mangkhut’.

Relief food packs and rescue equipment have been pre-positioned in northern and Central Luzon, particularly Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), expected to bear the brunt of Mangkhut’s impact.

“The prepositioning of goods sa mga affected areas we were assured by the PDRMOof Batanes … That they have sufficient supply especially of rice they 2004 sacks in standby at sapat pa naman daw po ang kanilang food at non-food items,” said Posadas.

Posadas also noted that a standby fund amounting to P1.7 billion has been allotted by the government for regions that might be hit by the typhoon.

“There are already areas in Northern Luzon na makararanas na makararamdam ng malakaslakas na than the usual na pagbayo ng hangin niya at saka pag-ulan and this are the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes and Babuyan Islands,” he added.

The NDRRMC also urges the public to cooperate with possible preemptive or forced evacuations as the typhoon is expected to bring rains that might cause flooding in low-lying areas. – Lea Ylagan / UNTV News and Rescue

Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 3, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

El Niño damage to agriculture hits P2.6B

Marje Pelayo   •   March 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The weak El Niño is hitting the country’s agriculture really hard a week after the weather agency PAGASA declared the onset of dry season.

READ: PH climate now shifting to its new norm – PAGASA

According to the latest update released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday (March 27), Region 12 suffered the most damage with an estimated cost of P808 million followed by Region 5 with P793.9 million.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Region 8, MIMAROPA, Region 6 and the CALABARZON also suffered great loss due to El Niño.

The total amount of El Niño damage to agriculture has now hit P2.675 billion according to the NDRRMC, though the figures are still for verification of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Meanwhile, 18 areas across the country are currently under a state of calamity, according to the NDRRMC.

These are San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and Rizal in MIMAROPA; Zamboanga city in Region 9; the areas of Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulunan, Arakan, Cotabato Province and Matalam in Region 12; the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Pagalungan and Upi, Maguindanao in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The DA has already released P18.3 million budget for the conduct of cloud seeding operations in affected areas.

Concerned authorities are closely coordinating with PAGASA for advisories as the weather forecasts a full blown El Niño in the coming months. – Marje Pelayo

Trapped bus passenger films landslide in Philippines

admin   •   November 6, 2018

 

Screengrab from the video of landslide filmed by Kersee Masilem | via Reuters

A woman trapped in a bus filmed falling rocks and trees being uprooted by a landslide on Sunday (November 4) in Benguet, a remote mountainous region on the Luzon island in the Philippines.

Kersee Masillem, who filmed the scene, was sitting on a bus which could not reverse as another vehicle was blocking the road behind it.

She watched soil and rocks slip down a hillside for several minutes as huge landslide, which uprooted trees, hit the mountainside filling the nearby road with debris.

Rocks can be heard bouncing off the bus and passengers screaming inside. No one is believed to have been injured.

The landslide took place at Man-asok near Buguias in the Benguet province, an area prone to landslides.

More than 60 people were killed in the province by landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. — Reuters

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