Hundreds evacuate as LGUs brace for ‘TD’ Rosal

Local government units (LGUs) have begun preparing for possible flooding and landslides on Sunday, Dec. 11, due to Tropical Depression “Rosal.”

Tropical Depression Rosal (Courtesy of DOST-Pagasa / Facebook)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said pre-emptive evacuation was already conducted in Antique and Butuan City to keep residents safe from flood-prone areas.

In Antique, a total of 31 families composed of 109 individuals were brought to safety in the municipality of Hamtic.

Meanwhile, seven families or 32 individuals were transferred to shelters in Butuan City.

Rosal was last located at 420 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or 455 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan at 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

NDRRMC spokesperson Asst. Sec. Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV said the council was in constant coordination with the affected local DRRM offices and regional offices of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to monitor the situation in these areas.

“Family food packs and non-food items were prepositioned in forecasted affected areas,” he said.

A total of 11 emergency alert and warning messages have since been issued by the NDRRMC to warn people about the impact of Rosal, he added.

As of writing, Alejandro said no untoward incident has been monitored due to the tropical depression.