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Prioritize safety as 2 cyclones threaten the country, CRDRRMC advises

Philippine Information Agency
31 Oct 2020, 23:38 GMT+10

Prioritize safety as 2 cyclones affect the country, CRDRRMC says

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) calls for community and public vigilance as Typhoon Rolly continues to move West Southwestward towards the Bicol region while another tropical depression that may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility is also being monitored by PAGASA.

CRDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol, in a Pre - disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting this morning, advised all the local DRRM Councils in Cordillera to be on heightened alert on the possible effects of Typhoon Rolly in their respective areas of responsibility and to assess high risk areas for landslides or flooding.

Mogol already issued directive for the heightened alert status and for guidance on preparedness and alertness measures as well as for the conduct of pre - emptive evacuation on high risk areas, if deemed needed.

The CRDRRMC Response Cluster member agencies and the local DRRM Councils also presented their preparedness and response plans during the PDRA.

Mogol reiterated his call for continuing strong team effort in ensuring a disaster- resilient and safe and healthy Cordillera especially in this trying time of the CoVid pandemic and typhoon season.

He also enjoined people to know the hazards in their areas that they need to avoid, not go on unnecessary road trips or outdoor activities and for the regular monitoring of weather updates, among others.

As of 1pm today, the eye of Typhoon "ROLLY" was located at 410 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It is moving West Southwestward at 15 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and of gustiness of up to 265 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 is also raised over Benguet and Ifugao.

PAGASA - Baguio Weather Specialist II Larry Esperanza, in the CRDRRMC PDRA meeting, reported that Typhoon Rolly will be very close to landmass by tomorrow morning, will traverse Central Luzon and exit over the West Philippine Sea by Monday.

For the extended weather forecast, Cordillera will experience cloudy weather with rainshowers or thunderstorm, and rainy with gusty winds for Monday and Tuesday.

For Tropical Depression Atsani (international name) that is being monitored, it may enter PAR by tomorrow afternoon and will be named "Siony" though as of present forecast it remains likely to affect any portion of the country over the next 2 to 3 days, Esperanza said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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