No casualties so far of heavy rains, typhoon

Published July 17, 2018, 3:41 PM

by Patrick Garcia

 

By Francis Wakefield

Office of Civil Defense-National Capital Region (OCD-NCR director Romeo Cabantac Tuesday said they have so far not received any reports of casualties as a result of heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Henry and the effects of the southwest monsoon or Habagat.

Resident of Andargon Street in Brgy Dona Imelda used a banca to cross from one place to another due to waist deep flood on Tuesday (Ali Vicoy/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Resident of Andargon Street in Brgy Dona Imelda used a banca to cross from one place to another due to waist deep flood on Tuesday (Ali Vicoy/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Cabantac disclosed that except for a number of flooded streets/roads in various areas around Metro Manila, particularly in Quezon City and Manila, the situation in the metropolis is normal.

He added that they have not received reports of local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC) conducting preemptive evacuation in flooded areas.

“Wala pa, so far wala (casualties),” Cabantac said.

“Frankly speaking (flooding) still manageable . What we are monitoring is the situation in Marikina River as the water level has already reached 16 meters, or second alarm,” he said.

With the water level rising, voluntary evacuation for those who are living in the low-lying areas of Marikina City was initiated as of 2 pm Tuesday.

At around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Henry made landfall over Dalupiri Island, Cagayan and is now heading toward the West Philippine Sea.

Occasional rains with gusty winds are expected over the areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1.

The southwest monsoon (Habagat) will bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, Palawan, and Western Visayas, and scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the rest of the country.

Residents of these areas, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas are advised to continue monitoring for updates, coordinate with their local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.

The NDRRMC said fisherfolk and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 and the western seaboard of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas associated with the approaching tropical depression and the SW monsoon.

Residents of these areas, especially those living in low-lying and mountainous areas are advised to continue monitoring for updates, coordinate with their local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.

The NDRRMC said fisherfolks and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 and the western seaboard of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas associated with the approaching tropical depression and the SW monsoon.

 
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