TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The province of Cagayan has started preparing for the wrath of Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to hit Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday, September 15.
Governor Manuel Mamba on Tuesday, September 11 convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) for a pre-disaster risk assessment as the province was put into heightened alert ahead of the typhoon.
State weather bureau PAGASA said Mangkhut is expected to enter into Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, and will be locally named as “Ompong.”
Mamba, during the press conference, told local disaster response teams to “prepare our people,” taking lessons from Super Typhoon Lawin, which hit the province in October 2016.
“Ito na ang tinatawag na “new normal.” Sa pagdating ni Ompong, anything is possible. Posibleng mangyari muli ang naranasan natin noong bagyong Lawin,” Mamba said.
(This is the “new normal.” As Ompong nears, anything is possible. It’s possible that we experience again what we had experienced during super typhoon Lawin.”)
Rescue and relief units have started to position in key areas in the province. A forced evacuation in coastal and flood-prone areas will also be implemented.
Liquor and sail ban will be in effect starting Friday, September 14.
Provincial Agriculturist Perlita Mabasa said some farmers in towns expect to suffer direct impact of the typhoon begun to harvest palay that reached its maturity stage.
Mabasa said this was in response to their advisory for farmers to harvest their crops early to prevent damage due to the typhoon.
She said they are now facilitating the harvest to ease burdens on the part of the farmers.
Storm surges, flooding, and landslides are possible in the risk-prone areas, PAGASA said in its advisories.