Albay braces for typhoon Ompong | BICOL TODAY

Albay braces for typhoon Ompong

By Manly M. Ugalde

LEGAZPI CITY — Evacuations preparation is being readied in Albay in its aim for a zero casualty as Typhoon Ompong threaten to make landfall in the Cagayan and Batanes provinces on Saturday.

The Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council meets Thursday to iron out the evacuation preparation for residents on tagged areas expected to be affected by the typhoon including those residing inside the Mayon Volcano, said PDRRMC head Cedric Daep.

Tentative estimate indicates that close to 80,000 residents need to be evacuated in safer grounds against cascading floods from Mayon and storm surge to avoid repetition of the harrowing incident during Typhoon Reming on Nov. 30, 2006 where close to 2,000 casualties died from floods.

Classes in high school down to elementary levels have been ordered suspended as of Wednesday afternoon according to Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara spokesman Danny Garcia.

Former governor now Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda described Albay as a flood prone area with flooding cascading from Mt Mayon as the cause of death and lone culprit during Typhoon Reming.

Legazpi residents recalled they were thankful that super Typhoon Yolanda had spared Albay or many could also have died from storm surge with Legazpi City being a 1.5 meters below the sea level. Storm surge was the major cause of death of the close to 10,000 residents in Tacloban and its neighbouring provinces.

Albay is aiming for a zero casualty, a project initiated by Salceda during his stint as governor said PDRRMC head Cedric Daep.

Newly designated Public works and highways regional director Virgilio Eduarte also ordered all district and assistant district engineers of the region’s 15 district engineering not to leave their districts to see to it equipment are ready during the typhoon, according to his legal officer Oliver Rodulfo.

Never Albay province had experience the magnitude 2,000 death casualty due to typhoon until Typhoon Reming except during Mayon eruption where thousands of residents reportedly died when the Cagsawa Church filled with people was buried in year 1814, said former Albay chamber of Commerce president Marcial Tuanqui, 72.

Then Albay Gov. Fernando Gonzales heaped the blame on the DPWH botched multi-billion Mayon dredging project that caused the death of thousands of Albayanos during typhoon Reming saying only 20 percent of every dredging contract were actually implemented. Gonzalez who is now on his last and final term as Albay 3rd district congressman said preparation for the safety of residents in his district six municipalities and one city are being readied.

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