Ilocos Norte implements forced evacuation

LAOAG CITY, September 14 (PIA) —  Due to the impending threats of Tyhpoon Ompong (Mangkhut), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte is implementing forced evacuation particularly to residents along coastal areas here.                                                  

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos has earlier ordered the pre-emptive evacuation of individuals residing near the Ilocos shoreline, and to the senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), babies and their mothers, and other vulnerable individuals.

“Napag-usapan namin ng mga LGU (local government unit) eh ngayong hapon na ito ay mag-evacuate na dahil bumibilis na ‘yung bagyo (We have agreed with the LGUs to evacuate until this afternoon because the typhoon is getting stronger),” said Marcos.

While some residents here still declined to evacuate, the Search and Rescue (SAR) team and the Philippine National Police (PNP) here were advised to implement forced evacuation, for their maximum safety.

During the disaster council meeting on Friday, Marcos has again appealed to the public to follow preventive measure, evacuate while there is still chance, and obey orders from the authority.

“Please cooperate. Kapag hindi nag-cooperate wala na tayong magagawa, kundi susunduin na sila ng pulis (If residents will not cooperate, the police will have to fetch them),” Marcos said.

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In the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Ompong is expected to make a landfall in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Chief Meteorological Officer Cynthia O. Iglesia said that the typhoon is having a changed movement from Pagudpud to Currimao, then the latest is Badoc with an estimated wind velocity of 200 kilometers per hour.

With this, Marcos said that all rescue teams and equipment will be repositioned from the northern part of the province to the forecasted location of landfall.

Moreover, the governor said there is a need to beef-up medical supplies such as blood and medicines, and make sure that ambulances are enough to cater to the needs of the province in case of emergencies.

Preparing for Typhoon Ompong, the strongest of 15 storms to hit the Philippines this year, Marcos hopes that the Ilocanos will survive this calamity, like they did with Lawin in 2016. (JNPD/CJDG,PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)

Source: PIA Feed