EMERGENCY and disaster management groups in Central Visayas were placed on heightened alert for the arrival of tropical storm “Paolo” (international name Bopha) in the country.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council met today to plan out contingencies for flood and landslide prone areas.
As of 2 a.m today, Pablo is located 1,380 kilometers east of southern Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is moving west, northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
Residents in flood and landslide-prone areas and riverbanks were advised to evacuate to avoid being swept away, RDRRMC Director Minda Morante said.
Local disaster management teams were advised to prepare for evacuation centers and monitor weather bulletin.
“Emphasis should be on proactive actions – evacuations rather than rescue. Let us untiringly aim for zero casualty,” Morante said.
The public were advised to monitor TV and radio reports, stay indoors, trim trees near their homes and keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
Morante said rain can trigger landslides, rockslides or mudslides so those living in low lying areas, riverbanks, creeks and coastal areas, slopes, cliffs and foothills were advised to take precautions.
Morante said Pablo is expected to enter the country by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning./Correspondent Joy Cherry Quito