Thursday, December 22, 2016

(Update) Albay adopts 5 disaster-scenario based preparations as TD Nina threatens Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 22 (PNA) —- A top officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Albay will adopt five scenario-based disaster strategies as authorities brace for the entry of Tropical Depression Nina into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this week.

Cedric Daep, PDRRMC action officer, said preparations are in place as they consider the occurrence of four disaster-based scenarios.

These include--should the province be directly hit by Nina; not directly hit but affected within the 300-kilometer radius of the storm’s diameter; Albay to be affected even outside the 50-km periphery of the TD but within the rain band; TD Nina to be affected by "amihan" or the northeast monsoon that would push TD Nina to move south, affecting Sorsogon and Masbate.

The last scenario is when TD moves on the northside of Albay.

"We have prepared disaster mitigating measures for these eventualities," said Daep in an interview.

He said floods and landslide will threaten the three cities and 15 towns of Albay as TD Nina approaches PAR and hit the Bicol region either on Saturday or Sunday.

Daep said Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, who is also PDRRMC chairman, has issued an advisory on Thursday morning declaring the province under a state of preparedness.

He said all city DRRMCs and municipal DRRMCs have been directed to prepare and execute disaster pre-emptive measures to ensure PDRRMC meets the zero casualty goal.

The PDRRMC also issued a no sailing order for small types of sea crafts to prevent fisherfolk from fishing as rough seas develop due to the bad weather condition prevailing today.

Three city mayors and 15 town local executives have met to discuss preparations for TD Nina.

PDRRMC data show that during typhoons there are 487 villages affected by floods with 59,796 families or 286,160 persons threatened.

The same data indicate that 21,294 families or 96,828 persons in 211 villages will be affected by landslides while 29,087 families or 144,119 persons living in 161 villages will be affected by storm surges should there be a typhoon. (PNA) LAP/GVR/MSA/CBD