Monday, December 14, 2015

Albay under state of imminent disaster due to 'Nona'
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 14 (PNA) -- A state of imminent disaster has been raised in the entire province of Albay as typhoon "Nona" is expected to hit its area late on Monday afternoon.

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, Provincial disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head, said the move is based on RA 10121 or popularly known as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Law and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay Resolution No. 0060-2015 passed by the council headed by Vice Governor Harold Imperial.

Storm Signal No. 3 is now raised in Albay based on PAGASA's report that the province will experience the brunt of the typhoon on Monday afternoon until evening.

Dr. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief, said about 500,000 individuals need to be evacuated in the three cities and 15 towns of the province up to Monday afternoon.

Daep said the evacuation would be completed before dark Monday due to the threat of floods, strong winds, lahar flows, soil erosion or landslide and storm surges.

In this connection, Salceda has ordered the suspension of classes at levels in both private and public schools as well as work in public and private offices, commercial establishments and banks, except those involved in DRR.

The said move aims to achieve the province's zero-casualty goal. (PNA) FFC/BNB/FGS/NIM/CBD