By Zaldy Comanda
TABUK CITY, Kalinga — A total of 807 families living in the low-lying areas of this province are now in evacuated centers in three towns separate towns in anticipation of typhoon “Ompong” and as a raging mudflow reached two houses in this city.
As of 4:50 p.m. Friday, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) reported said that 293 of these families or 1,040 persons were evacuated in Tabuk City; 411 families or 2,045 persons in Pinukpuk; and 103 families or 327 persons in Rizal town.
Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac said that they are keeping an eye on the towns of Rizal, Pinukpuk, Pasil, and Lubuagan, which are considered either vulnerable to flooding or susceptible to landslides.
Baac said the province is gearing for zero casualty as typhoon Ompong starts to be felt in the province Friday afternoon.
Mudflow hits 2 houses
It was around 5 p.m. when two houses in Purok 5, Barangay Gobgob in Tabuk City were hit by raging mudflow from the mountain.
The mudflow came amid a series of strong intermittent rains experienced throughout the day.
The houses are owned by the Pasamic family and the Lambayong. The families are composed of a total of 13 members now sheltered at an evacuation center.
Baac said evacuation centers have been ready as preparations for Ompong were made as early as September 12. It includes the pre-positioning of food supplies and equipment in high-risk areas, the governor said.