Public told to keep safe amid heavy rains brought by TD Falcon

Published July 16, 2019, 9:49 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Philippine News Agency

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has advised the public to observe safety precautions as Tropical Depression “Falcon” is expected to make landfall in Cagayan and bring heavy rains in most parts of the country on Wednesday.


Residents in areas affected by “Falcon” are advised to monitor updates about the weather disturbance and coordinate with their local government units and disaster risk reduction and management offices.

“Preparation of individual ‘Go Bags’ and full cooperation during pre-emptive evacuations are advised to the public,” NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said.

The NDRRMC Operations Center is placed on “blue alert” to monitor the effects of the weather disturbance.

During the agency’s pre-disaster risk assessment meeting on Monday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said it had pre-positioned family food packs, emergency funds, and other food and non-food items amounting to almost PHP1.99 billion.

In its severe weather bulletin no. 4 issued at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said light to moderate, with occasional heavy monsoon rains, will prevail over Region IV-B (Mimaropa), Western Visayas, Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Northern Samar.

On Wednesday, moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Zambales, Bataan, and Mindoro provinces due to the combined effects of Falcon and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

Light to moderate, with occasional heavy monsoon rains, will also prevail over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, and the rest of Central Luzon and Mimaropa.

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