As Typhoon Mangkhut (“Ompong” in the Philippines) hits the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) today, Davao City has let out the word for low-lying areas to be on full alert.
“Based on our monitoring, Davao is far from the affected directions of the typhoon. But we are always prepared in the worst case scenario,” Operation and Warning Officer of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Rodrigo Bustillo said in an interview with Edge Davao.
As of the writing, the CDRRMO is under code green or in a normal level monitoring.
“Even if Davao City is not included in the affected areas, we are not going to be complacent about it,” He added, “We are monitoring its direction from time to time.”
PAG-ASA said that Mangkhut will affect areas of the Western Visayas and some areas of Luzon. It did not rule out the possibility of heavy rains hitting mainland Mindanao.
The disaster officer is closely monitoring areas with near body of waters such as the Lipadas River, Davao River, Lasang River and some areas in Mandug.
In December 2017, Davao City was affected by flooding brought about by Tropical Depression Vinta.
Though the city was spared by heavy rainfall brought about by Vinta, the rains in the highlands of Bukidnon swelled the Davao river, which sent rampaging floodwaters to low-lying areas in the city.
The city has 26 volunteer groups on standby, along with auxiliary groups from the barangay sector, men in uniform such as the police and the army, Davao Central 911 and other local government units to be deployed in times of emergency.
“We are closely monitoring these areas. We already placed early warning systems in those areas, in case there will be a same occurrence from last year,” Bustillo said.
He also reminded everyone that in case there will be advisories of rising of waters, residents must evacuate immediately.