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Gov. Espino cautions P’sinenses on risks of Habagat

Governor Amado I. Espino III cautions Pangasinenses on the risks of the southwest monsoon or Habagat as he directed local and barangay disaster risk reduction and management councils to closely monitor their respective areas of responsibility and to undertake proactive measures.

Through a General Public Advisory issued at 5PM on September 9, Governor Espino directed the conduct of pre-emptive/forced evacuation of residents situated in identified hazard prone areas, and to prioritize the vulnerable sector (senior citizens, children, persons with disabilities, sick and pregnant women) in the evacuation procedure.

Earlier on the same date, the provincial chief executive convened the frontline officials of the provincial government for Pre – Disaster Risk Assessment meeting at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

Based on latest weather update, Habagat continues to dump rains over large parts of Luzon as a brewing storm or low pressure area comes closer to the country.

Landslides, flashflood or rain-induced landslide may occur in mountainous areas which are drenched with rains since the weekend, flashflood and flooding persist in low-lying areas while swelling may continue in riverine areas and its tributaries.

At noontime of September 9, Governor Espino issued the cancellation of afternoon classes and work in all local government offices and national government agencies through PDRRMC memorandum no. 2019-8.

As of press time, the province experiences cloudy skies.

As of 7PM, there are reported evacuees in Agno, Alaminos City, Bani, Bugallon, Dasol, Labrador, Lingayen and Mabini towns who are temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers.

The PDRRMC has 14 disaster response teams ready for deployment when needed. Six dump trucks, three 6×6 rescue trucks and 9 boats are pre-positioned.

Five search and rescue teams have been pre-positioned in Bani, Labrador, Mangatarem, and Agno.

Water level of the San Roque dam as of 5PM has reached 267.29 meters above sea level (masl) which is below the 280masl spilling level.

All national roads are passable to all types of vehicles.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photos by NIF)