By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Manila City government began the pre-emptive evacuation of Isla Puting Bato residents Friday evening (May 15) amid the strong winds and heavy rains brought by Typhoon “Ambo.”
According to the Manila Public Information Office (PIO), the evacuees were brought to Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila at around 9 p.m.
The Rasac Covered Court and Baseco Evacuation Center were also prepared as evacuation sites for residents should the typhoon situation worsen, the Manila PIO said.
Meanwhile, rescued street dwellers will be brought to Delpan Sports Complex and San Andres Sports Complex.
The evacuees and rescued street dwellers will be provided with food and equipment, such as modular tents, to ensure that there will be physical distancing in the evacuation sites amid the COVID-19 threat.
Prior to this, the city government conducted cleaning and declogging operations in various locations in a bid to lessen flooding along major thoroughfares and inner streets.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said severe tropical storm Ambo, with international name “Vongfong,” has made seven landfalls in the country as of Friday night.
Ambo, the first typhoon in the country this year, made landfalls in San Policarpo, Eastern Samar; Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar; and Capul Island, Northern Samar on Thursday; in Ticao Island and Burias Island in Masbate, and San Andres and Real in Quezon on Friday.
Metro Manila is under storm signal No. 2, which means it will experience “strong to damaging gale or storm-force winds with a strength of 61 to 120 kilometers per hour during the passage of the typhoon,” PAGASA said.
The weather bureau said the typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday afternoon.