Published: Tuesday 11 September, 2018

‘Yolanda-Like’ Scenarios Feared as ‘Super Typhoon’ #OmpongPH Approaches

Typhoon OmpongPH

The forecast path Super Typhoon Mangkhut, aka #OmpongPH. (JTWC)

Will ‘Ompong’ be like ‘Yolanda’? As ‘Super Typhoon’ #Ompong threatens northern Luzon, there are fears of Yolanda-like scenarios now that the typhoon continues to gather strength on its way to the Philippines. But this early, authorities are doing all preparations to avoid such results.

What happened during Yolanda in 2013 should not be repeated. As such, authorities are making preparations early for Bagyong Ompong, aka Typhoon Mangkhut. The cyclone is still out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but it is already packing 185 kph winds and gusts of up to 225 near its center.

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At 4:00 PM of Tuesday, PAGASA said Typhoon Ompong was still outside PAR at 1,650 kilometers east of Southern Luzon. It is traveling westward at 30 kph.

The preparations are not meant to scare the public but, rather, to make them aware of the dangers of being ill-prepared like during Yolanda in 2013. 

“Ang preparation po natin ay nasa level po ng Yolanda. Of course we have learned a lot from Yolanda,” said NDRRMC spokesperson Edgar Posadas during a press briefing on Tuesday.

“Only, hindi naman ibig sabihin na Mangkhut is of the same magnitude as Yolanda, but, well, anything could happen kasi lumalakas pa siya habang lumalapit siya sa Philippine Area of Responsibility,” he added.

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And, although preparations are under way all over the country, contingency plans are heavier in areas in northern Luzon,which may bear the brunt of #OmpongPH.

Office of Civil Defense branches in Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are already on red alert as early as Tuesday in preparation for the super typhoon. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already earmarked P1.7 billion worth of funds and supplies for relief operations.

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