By Liezle Basa Iñigo
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Gov. Amado I. Espino, III ordered Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) members to intensify disaster preparedness following a weather forecast that super typhoon “Mangkhut” may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
Espino also called on line agencies, such as Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army and other agencies for support to the provincial government in case of any hazard brought by the impending super typhoon.
“Humihingi na naman po ako ng inyong tulong dahil medyo malaki itong bagyo to keep our provincemates safe and briefed,” said Espino who is also the PDRRMC chairman.
Citing report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) potential Super Typhoon “Mangkhut” is anticipated to enter the PAR on Wednesday, September 12.
The provincial official encouraged concerned agencies to take precautionary measures for any threat that may arise, such as dam release, flooding and storm surges.
PDRRMC officer Rhodyn Luchinvar O. Oro said their monitoring revealed that the super typhoon’s radius is about 450 km.
“Yong radius niya from the eye wall hanggang doon sa pinakadulo is 450 km. Ngayon if it is extreme Northern Luzon, ang distansya po ng Lingayen going to Aparri, Cagayan is approximately 310 km distance,” Oro further stated, adding that storm surges may still be triggered since the circulation of the typhoon is counterclockwise.
The PDRRMC report showed the water elevation of San Roque Dam at 276.50 meters above sea level or 3.50 below the 280 masl spilling level.