NDRRMC braces for ‘Urduja’ over East Visayas

  • Written by Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
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THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday discussed preparation
on the possible effect of Tropical Depression Urduja in the country that was expected to make a
landfall on Friday over Eastern Visayas.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad led
the Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) meeting at the NDRRM Operations Center in Camp Aguinaldo to
discuss the preparation.
Present during the meeting were DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr.,  DOTr Assistant
Secretary Eymard Eje and representatives from the ERP Core Group including PAGASA, DILG, DSWD,
Phivolcs, DENR-MGB, DoH, PCG, DPWH and PNP.
Representatives from the Regional DRRM Councils Calabarzon, Bicol and Region 9 also joined the
meeting via Skype.
Based on the update issued by the weather bureau, it was learned that TD Urduja maintained its
strength as it continues to move north, northwest direction.
Around 10 a.m. yesterday, TD Urduja was 405 kilometers east of Guian, Eastern Samar with a
maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph, moving north,
northwest at 7 kph.
TD Urduja has estimated rainfall amount from moderate to heavy within the 350-km diameter of
the tropical depression.
Heavy to intense rains equivalent to 10-20mm/hr rainfall amount is expected over the provinces
of Aklan, Albay, Antique, Batangas, Biliran, Camarines Sur, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte,
Marinduque, Masbate, Northern Samar and Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Quezon,
Romblon, Samar and Sorsogon.
Moderate to heavy rains equivalent to 5-10mm/hr rainfall amount with 30-60 kph of winds may
occur in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cavite, Dinagat Islands, Laguna, Rizal
and Southern Leyte. In the Provinces of Bataan, Bohol, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Negros Occidental and
Surigao del Norte moderate to heavy rains equivalent to 5-10mm/hr with winds of 30-45 kph is expected.
TD Urduja and the tail-end of a cold front are expected to bring scattered to widespread
rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flooding and landslides over Visayas and Bicol.
Likewise, scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Mimaropa, the
provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Rizal while scattered light rains over Metro Manila, Cagayan
Valley, Cordillera and Central Luzon. Further, northeast monsoon (Amihan) is affecting Northern Luzon.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the eastern
seaboard of Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and Caraga due to moderate to rough seas associated with the
approaching tropical depression and due to the surge of northeast monsoon.
The National Council has advised its regional and local DRRM councils to take precautionary
measures as necessary. All weather advisories and bulletins have been disseminated. The NDRRM
Operations Center has raised its alert status to Blue while TD Urduja is closely being monitored.
DILG has directed the LGUs concerned to take the necessary preparations for TD Urduja
especially in low-lying and flood-prone barangays in accordance with the Operation L!sto protocols.
DSWD has ensured the prepositioning of resources in its field and central offices. Food and non-food
items including human resource and equipment are being prepared for possible utilization.
Everyone is advised to monitor weather updates and advisories and prepare within their
communities. Residents in areas to be affected are encouraged to heed the advice of local officials on
evacuation, when necessary. Further, tourist activities such as surfing, hiking, and camping are
recommended to be suspended until the tropical depression has ceased.    
Areas under TCWS will be suspending sea travel and for those who are choosing these areas as
destinations, please be advised of the suspension to avoid influx of passengers and strandees.