Quantcast
Latest Stories

Evacuation centers, rescue plans set in Visayas for supertyphoon Yolanda


Typhoon Haiyan based on the satellite image of Project NOAH as of 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

MANILA, Philippines—Local government executives, and disaster and risk management councils in the Visayas have identified evacuation centers and come up with rescue plans in preparation for the impact of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

Classes in all levels in Southern Leyte are suspended starting Thursday based on the assessment of local government units, according to Department of Education officer-in-charge Division Superintendent Arthur Isip.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has alerted the public of possible landslides because of the upcoming typhoon.

MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo also underscored the high probability of landslides in the quake-affected areas of Bohol.

In a statement, MGB-7 said 80 barangays within Cebu province and one city and 13 towns in Bohol, have been found to be highly vulnerable to episodes of ground failure and flood due to the presence of numerous tension cracks in Bohol.

These include the 19 barangays of Cebu City, six in  Naga City, 11 in Balamban town, 5 in Toledo City, 1 in Pinamungajan town, 5 in Asturias, 12 in Catmon town, all mountain barangays of Talisay, two in Dumanjug, and 1 in Ronda.

MGB also advised residents in quake-hit Bohol to prepare and take precautions, especially in the areas of Tagbilaran City, Baclayon, Corella, Cortes, Alburquerque, Panglao, Dauis, Loon, Calape, Catigbian, Balilihan, Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, in a meeting with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), said they have received a report from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration that the typhoon would hit the northeastern part of the province.

The typhoon is expected to affect the towns of Pitogo, Alicia, Trinidad and Ubay.

Chatto has suspended classes in all levels on Thursday and Friday. He also suspended work on Friday.

But Chatto expressed concern for Sagbayan and Inabanga towns.

He said most schools in Sagbayan are damaged and the town gymnasium was not structurally sound and therefore, it could not be used as evacuation center.

Chatto also noted that the situation in Inabanga, where a dike had collapsed during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, would be highly risky.

“If there’s a huge volume of water, the exit of the water is in Inabanga proper,” he said.

The governor said he would ask the town mayor to implement evacuation if needed.

Chatto said they were undertaking the clearing of debris from the earthquake, including those covering the flow of water in canals and the drainage system, especially in Inabanga town.

The governor urged evacuees living in tents to look for stronger structures to shelter them once the storm make landfall.

“Move to the strongest structures in your area,” he added.

Chatto said the governor’s mansion would be the command post for typhoon Yolanda.

In Cebu province and cities, classes have been suspended on Thursday and Friday.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza issued separate orders to ensure the safety of the students as preparations for the upcoming typhoon are underway.

Workers at the Cebu provincial capitol will still report for work Thursday pending the assessment of the weather situation. Rama has suspended work at the Cebu City Hall on Friday but a skeleton force will report to provide frontline services.

Typhoon Yolanda was expected to have a wind velocity of 150 kph and gustiness of 160 kph, said Oscar Tabada, head of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Mactan, at a meeting presided by Rama and attended by the department heads, the members of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Multi-agency Coordinating Team and volunteer groups.

Tabada said the typhoon would be bringing strong winds but not heavy rains.

In Eastern Visayas, the Army and the Philippine National Police (PNP)  will be on full alert to be able to respond to emergency situations.

“Starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the entire PNP regional headquarters will be in full alert for any eventuality,” said Police Inspector Romuel Nacar, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP-8).

Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, Eastern Visayas police regional director, also ordered its more than 6,000 policemen in the region to be at their respective local stations to assist the local government units on their preparations on the projected landfall of Yolanda in the region, Nacar said.

Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, said that they have been placed on full alert and would be ready for deployment to calamity areas.

“Army units in the region are on alert. And we are in touch with regional, provincial, municipal and city disaster risk reduction and management councils,” Gutierrez said.

However, the Department of Education in Eastern Visayas has not suspended classes as of Wednesday.

Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado also mobilized all quick response teams in the province and all the heavy equipment have been placed on standby.

The governor said the Southern Leyte PDRRMC was in a “worst case scenario” incident planning. All possible evacuation areas have been identified and readied, he added.

In Western Visayas, government agencies and disaster management offices have been alerted and activated in preparation for typhoon Yolanda.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-6) held an emergency meeting to update contingency plans and measures.

Rosario Cabrera, RDRRMC chairperson and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense, said the evacuation centers and relief assistance have been prepared for possible evacuation of residents in areas prone to flooding or landslides.

The Department of Public Works and Highways have also been placed on alert for the use of trucks and other heavy equipment for evacuation of possible victims and for the clearing of debris.

On the other hand, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Wednesday said Negros Occidental has gone on “high alert status” as supertyphoon “Yolanda,” which would likely hit the northern part of the province, headed towards the country.

The governor again called on Negrenses to pray that the typhoon change direction and spare Negros Occidental.

A text message circulating in Negros Occidental on Wednesday also contained a prayer to spare the Visayas from the supertyphoon.

The prayer called on God to take control of Yolanda and divert it to the sea.

“We implore You to embrace us, the Bicol and Visayas Region and calm Typhoon Yolanda as you did with your disciples at the middle of the sea,” the prayer said.

(Reports filed by Joey Gabieta, Jani Arnaiz, Nestor Burgos, Doris Bongcac, Carla Gomez, Carmel Loise Matus and Jhunnex Napallacan Inquirer Visayas)

RELATED STORIES:

Philippines braces for supertyphoon

Supertyphoon ‘Haiyan’ may arrive Wednesday midnight, says Pagasa

Tips to keep you and your families safe during a typhoon


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More Philippine Weather News

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: DENR , Department of Environment and Natural Resources , Disaster response , disaster risk management , Disaster risk reduction , Haiyan , Mines and Geosciences Bureau , News , Regions , relief and rehabilitation , rescue , Safety , Security , supertyphoon , Typhoon , Weather , Yolanda




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  4. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  5. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  9. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  10. Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
  • Tanchanco, former NFA head; 83
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’
  • Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  • Positive in UAE, returning Filipino nurse tests negative
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • ‘Pacquiao a great ambassador for basketball’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement