Cordillera DRRM Council Braces for Typhoon “Chedeng”
April 4, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – With super typhoon “Maysak” forecasted to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by tonight or tomorrow morning and will threaten Northern Luzon , the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) Emergency Operations Center raised the red alert level today.
The CRDRRMC called a Pre-Disaster Risk Analysis (PDRA) meeting with the council’s Technical Working Group and the different provincial DRRM officers who are in the city for the CRDRRMC’s 2015 First Quarter Meeting.
Typhoon “Maysak” which will be named “Chedeng” once it enters the PAR, is believed to be a “Yolanda-like” typhoon packing maximum sustained wind of 215 kph (kilometre per hour) near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph.
CRDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy, shared the possible scenario that “Chedeng” to traverse Northern Luzon from Cagayan to Cordillera or from regions III and IV to Cordillera. With the forecast of super typhoon, people should expect and prepare for heavy to intense rainfalls that may cause flooding, landslides, uprooting of trees and power interruptions.
Uy also called on all local DRRM Councils and local government units to synchronize their alert level with the region’s DRRM Council and to start informing people of the worst case scenario and be ready to execute a pre-emptive evacuation especially in high-risk areas, such as flood and slide prone communities.
“Chedeng will be the first strong typhoon to enter PAR this year and it is always better to inform the public to be prepared for worst case scenarios. LGUs, the general public, and most especially the families are reminded to be vigilant and constantly monitor weather updates”, he said./JDP/CCD – PIA CAR