Posted December 4, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas
Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) Malay started to gather their respective disaster councils this morning apparently to activated their preparedness mechanisms” for the upcoming tropical storm with international code named “Hagupit.”
In this regard, MDRRMC likewise advised different sectors to coordinate with local governments to monitor coastal areas for storm surges.
It also instructed local disaster risk reduction and management offices to monitor areas for possible preemptive evacuation, report said.
The MDRRMC will monitor the progress of Hagupit, which is expected to landfall on Saturday in parts of eastern Visayas and Bicol region.
It said, “The typhoon is then expected to cross the Visayas – Samar, Leyte, northern part of Cebu, northern part Panay, southern part of Bicol – by Sunday, December 7, if current forecasts hold.”
The state-run weather agency has reportedly dismissed fears that the typhoon “will be as strong as typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) but it will be strong nonetheless to cause storm surges, destroy agricultural farms and blow away houses made of light materials.”
However PAGASA reportedly said that “Hagupit” is strong but it won’t be as strong as Yolanda.