Typhoon Ompong pummels Manila, 4,000 residents evacuated

Published September 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Erma Edera

As typhoon Ompong sweeps through the Philippines, strong winds and waves pummeled along Roxas Boulevard on Saturday morning in Manila.

Motorists traverse a flooded Roxas Blvd. in Manila as Typhoon Ompong barrels through the country putting the Metro under signal no. 1, among 24 other cities and signal no. 4 in 10 areas in northern Luzon as of saturday morning.(Photo by ali vicoy)
Motorists traverse a flooded Roxas Blvd. in Manila as Typhoon Ompong barrels through the country putting the Metro under signal no. 1, among 24 other cities and signal no. 4 in 10 areas in northern Luzon Saturday morning. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

The storm surge and heavy rains caused flooding in a long stretch of Roxas Boulevard, from Pedro Gil Street to Vito Cruz Street Saturday.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, Manila Police District (MPD) public information officer Supt. Carlo Manuel announced that Roxas Boulevard was submerged in floodwater and was not passable to vehicles due to heavy rains and surging of waves in Manila Bay.

Meanwhile, Ompong also knocked down huge trees at the corner of San Andres and Madre Ignacia Street in Malate, Manila, Lacson Street corner Felix Huertas, and R. Papa corner Lucban Street in Sta. Cruz Manila.

Aside from strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon in Manila, residents were also experiencing power outage in Sampaloc, San Miguel, Malate, Ermita and Tondo.

As of press time, no casualty or injury has been reported in Manila.

Moderate rains with occasional gusty winds are being experienced in the city.

As of 9:55 a.m. today, flood already subsided on Roxas Boulevard., Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDDRMO) Director Felix Abad said.

“Lahat po ng mga tanggapan ng Lungsod ng Maynila na may kinalaman sa emergency preparedness tulad ng MDRRMO, MDSW, DEPW, DPS at MHD ay nakaantabay para magbigay ng tulong sa ating mga kababayan habang naghahanda ang lahat sa anumang bantang dulot ng Bagyong Ompong. Mag-ingat po tayong lahat at mag abang sa mga advisories ng Pagasa at mga iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan.#handaangmaynila,” Mayor Joseph Estrada said in a Facebook post.

Evacuees

At least 4,000 individuals have already been preemptively evacuated in Manila as of 1 p.m. on Saturday..

Evacuated were 2,155 individuals in Delpan Evacuation Center, 1,932 individuals in Baseco Evacuation Center and 145 individuals in Barangay 101 Zone 8 District 1, Manila.

“We advised those barangays situated in coastal and flooded areas to assess their present hazards such as container vans piled up in the port area,” Abad said.

“No forced evacuation has been imposed and all major roads are passable,” Jhun Tolentino, chief admin and training section of DRRMO told the Manila Bulletin.

Manila local government also opened four public schools and two covered courts as alternative evacuation sites such as Corazon Aquino High School in Baseco, Vicente Lim Elementary School, Almario Elementary School, Villegas High School in Vitas, Delpan Sports Complex, and another covered court in Barangay 105.

“We advised those barangays situated in coastal and flooded areas to assess their present hazards such as container vans piled up in the port area,” Abad said.

“No forced evacuation has been imposed and all major roads are passable,” Jhun Tolentino, chief admin and training section of DRRMO told the Manila Bulletin.

Manila local government also opened four public schools and two covered courts as alternative evacuation sites such as Corazon Aquino High School in Baseco, Vicente Lim Elementary School, Almario Elementary School, Villegas High School in Vitas, Delpan Sports Complex, and another covered court in Barangay 105.

 
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