BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga on Tuesday advised local disaster councils in the region to implement preemptive evacuation, if the situation warrants, as typhoon “Haiyan” is set to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday.
Haiyan will be named “Yolanda” once it enters the PAR.
RDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense regional director Liza Mazo said the local government units and local disaster response officials should immediately order preemptive evacuation in low-lying and mountainous areas along the affected areas and ensure the safety of the evacuees in the evacuation centers.
“With the expected track of this weather disturbance that may affect the provinces of Caraga Region, all local DRRMCs are encouraged to conduct a preemptive evacuation, if the situation warrants, and likewise advised to ensure that evacuation centers are located in safe areas,” Mazo said.
“Further, prepositioning of resources and response assets for possible mobilization as well as stockpiling of food and non-food items for humanitarian assistance are also advised,” Mazo added.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the eye of the Typhoon ("HAIYAN") over the Pacific Ocean was located at 1,411 km East of Mindanao (7.4°N 139.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph.
It is forecast to move West Northwest at 30 kph. This weather disturbance is expected to enter PAR early morning of Thursday (November 7).
It is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte Provinces by Friday (Between 11am-1pm, November 8) and to exit the PAR by Sunday early Morning (November 10), the state bureau said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)