Preemptive evacuation up in coastal and flood, landslide-prone areas in Leyte in prep for TS ‘Basyang’

By Perla G. Lena

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PNA) — Less than three months after super typhoon “Yolanda,” local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas, through their disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs), are now taking necessary precautions as tropical depression “Basyang” intensified into a storm Friday morning.

A report from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here disclosed that LGUs in Leyte have been advised to conduct preemptive evacuation of residents living in flood and landslide-prone areas.

The DRRMC of Tacloban City has already initiated the evacuation of its residents living along coastal areas and other places that are vulnerable to landslides and flooding.

The Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army and Philippine Coast Guard are on standby for possible deployment when necessary.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (RDRRMC) has not monitored any disaster-related incident as of date.

Currently, storm warning signal No. 1 has been hoisted over the southern part of Samar and Eastern Samar and the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran. These areas will experience 30-60 kilometer per hour winds in at least 36 hours.

Meantime, cloudy weather with isolated rainshowers is being experienced in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Western Samar. (PNA)