Sunday, December 7, 2014

Salceda confident of attaining Albay's zero-casualty goal
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 7 (PNA) -- Governor Joey Sarte Salceda at noontime on Sunday said he was confident that Albay would attain its zero-casualty goal during the onslaught of typhoon "Ruby".

"More than 85-percent zero casualty is answered," Salceda said, adding that typhoon "Ruby" is like a "political storm" -- puro hangin, wala namang laman (full of air but empty)

RUBY MADE ITS SECOND LANDFALL IN CATAINGAN TOWN AT THE SOUTHERN PART OF MASBATE, ABOUT 120 KILOMETERS FROM THIS CITY, AT ABOUT 10:00 A.M. SUNDAY.

THE STORM CARRIED HEAVY-TO-TORRENTIAL RAINS WITH 500-KM DIAMETER AND WITH 10-30-MM-PER-HOUR RAINFALL, ACCORDING TO LILIAN GUILLERMO, PHILIPPINE ATMOSPHERIC, GEOPHYSICAL AND ASTRONOMICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION BICOL OFFICER-IN- CHARGE.

PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE OF VOLCANOLOGY AND SEISMOLOGY BICOL CHIEF RESIDENT VOLCANOLOGIST ED LAGUERTA EXPLAINED THAT NO POSSIBLE LAHAR FLOW WOULD HAPPEN WITH THIS VOLUME OF RAINFALL.

"FOR LAHAR TO OCCUR, IT NEEDS A 60-MM-PER-HOUR RAINFALL, BUT STILL AREAS WITHIN MAYON'S AREA MUST BE SECURED," LAGUERTA ADDED. CTB/LAP/FGS/CBD/