THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday placed its operation on “blue alert” status in preparation for a coming storm that may intensify into a super typhoon before it enters the country’s area of responsibility late this week.
NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido said the alert order was in response to an earlier warning by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center that weather disturbance Haiyan is moving toward the Philippines and may develop into a powerful typhoon equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.
Storm Haiyan, when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility will be named Yolanda, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Seismological Administration (Pagasa) said.
Pagasa said that Haiyan was spotted on Caroline Island, some 2,170 kilometer east of Mindanao with a maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometer per hour (kph) and gustiness of up o 120kph and will enter Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning.
Under the blue alert status, half of the personnel of all regional and municipal disaster risk reduction management offices, the regional offices of civil defense and other concerned government agencies in the would be affected areas should be at their posts.
Balido said that regions to be affected are IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX. X, XI, XII, Caraga, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and the National Capital Region, among others.
Balido said that all chairmen of concerned government agencies must monitor the situation and undertake precautionary measures in their respective areas.