By Genalyn Kabiling
Concerned government agencies have been mobilized to provide disaster response and relief as tropical depression Amang moved towards Leyte and Samar area, Malacañang said Monday.
“We are closely monitoring Tropical Depression Amang. All concerned disaster-related agencies are now on standby,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
Citing information from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Panelo said total of 2,678 families or 11,153 persons have been evacuated in Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Eastern Samar, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur to ensure their safety from the storm.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also prepositioned a total of 2,500 family food packs (FFPs) amounting to P912,750 in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Surigao City warehouse.
Panelo also appealed for public vigilance amid the latest weather disturbance in the country.
“We ask the public, especially residents who will be affected, to stay vigilant, monitor the latest weather advisory in their respective areas through government stations and social media accounts, and coordinate with their local disaster and risk reduction management offices for the appropriate and responsive action,” he said.
Tropical depression Amang, the country’s first storm, is expected to bring heavy rains in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and Bicol Region, according to the state weather agency.
Residents of affected provinces have been advised to stay alert for possible flash floods and landslides, especially if they live in low-lying communities.