5 evacuation centers readied as Pampanga braces for Rolly
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda ordered on Saturday the prepositioning of personnel, rescue vehicles and equipment, food packs and medicines to areas at risks of flooding, landslides and storm surges, according to a news release from the Pampanga information office.
Angelina Blanco, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) officer said in the report that the governor also suspended work in government agencies and private companies by way of an executive order and after consultation with the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Several pre-emptive evacuations in coastal villages have been carried out to put people out of harm’s way.
Five permanent evacuation centers have been readied, the report added.
Private organizations and businesses have lent facilities for disaster responses.
Blanco said health protocols against COVID-19 are integrated in PDRRMC’s responses.
“We are ready to mitigate and reduce the damages of Severe Typhoon Rolly on our people as well as on private and public properties,” Pineda said.
The governor urged Pampanga residents to “stay alert and stay home in order to be safe.”
Pineda said floods could worsen in the two low-lying towns located downstream of the Pampanga River, the main drainer of 30 river systems in Central Luzon starting from Nueva Ecija.
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