Pre-emptive evacuation ordered in Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY, September 14 (PIA) — As Typhoon Ompong continues to threaten Northern Luzon, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson commanded pre-emptive evacuation to residents near the coastal and upland areas in the province.

“We have disseminated pre-emptive evacuation to residents along coastal areas in the province yesterday and they have been very active in following our orders actually,” Singson said.

It has been reported by the state weather bureau on Thursday that the coastline of Ilocos Sur is prone to storm surges that may reach a height of up to six meters based on the historical storm surges recorded.

Sixteen towns and two cities are near the coastline of the province that may experience storm surges are: Tagudin, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Lucia, Candon City, Santiago, San Esteban, Sta. Maria, Narvacan, Santa, Vigan City, Caoayan, Sta. Catalina, San Vicente, Sto. Domingo, Magsingal, San Juan, Cabugao, and Sinait.

Due to the continuous southwest monsoon in August,  the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here  reported a billion of damage in infrastructure most especially in the coastal and upland areas. With this, Singson strongly advised the residents in upland areas, who are prone to landslides, to evacuate before the downpour of Typhoon Ompong starts.

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The PDRRMC also conducts close coordination with the city and municipal disaster councils for monitoring of updates in their area of jurisdiction.

The Philippine Army and Provincial Health Office have also augmented to the PDRRMC.

Water Search and Rescue (WASAR), Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), and medical teams are  on standby for possible deployment.

As of 2 p.m. on Friday, Signal No. 3 has been raised in Ilocos Sur. (JNPD/JMQ/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)

Source: PIA Feed