MANILA — The Department of Interior and Local Government on Wednesday prompted Local Government Units (LGUs) to conduct forced evacuation of residents in areas lying along the path of super typhoon ‘Lawin’.
In a press conference, DILG-Disaster Information Coordinating Center Director Allan Tabell ordered local chief executives to comply with the rules and regulations on disaster response stipulated in the ‘Operation Listo’
Tabell also urged the public to be sensible and attentive in the warnings raised by the local officials.
“Kapag sinabi ng inyong mga lokal na opisyal na lumikas na kayo, lumikas na kayo.” He said.
He also told everyone to depart on the disastrous areas due to PAGASA’s monitored figures that connotes possibility of storm surge and landslides of 2 to 5 meters.
“’Yung mga nasa coastal areas, lumayo na kayo sa coastal area, maghanap na kayo ng high grounds dahil pinoproject ng PAGASA ang storm surge na two to five meters,” he said.
“Sa mga nasa bundok, maghanap na kayo ng safe location lalo na sa mga landslide- prone areas. Kung hindi kayo nagkaroon ng landslide ng pagtama ni Karen, mas mataas ang probablity na mag landslide ngayon,” he added.
He also warned tourists in areas along the cyclone’s path to leave ahead to ensure their safety.
“Yung mga kababayan na turista na naroon pa rin, kung akala nyo kaya nyo ito, hindi n’yo ito kaya. Kung hindi nyo alam kung saan pupunta, pumunta kayo sa pinakamalapit na munisipyo para ma-guide kayo,” he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said ‘Lawin’ has intensified into a super typhoon, packing maximum of 225 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 315 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 5 is raised over southern Cagayan and Isabela
Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao and Calayan Group of Islands were placed under TCWS No. 4
TCWS No. 3 was hoisted over La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Northern Aurora.
The provinces of Batanes Group of Islands, Pangasinan, the rest of Aurora, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Northern Zambales, and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands were placed under TCWS No. 2.
The rest of Zambales, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay and Metro Manila were under TCWS No. 1.
‘Lawin’ is expected to make landfall in Cagayan late Wednesday evening. Aira May Dizon/PNA-northboundasia.com