By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
In a bid to save residents from anticipated flooding, the Quezon City local government initiated the preemptive evacuation of families residing in low-lying areas in the city during the onslaught of Typhoon “Tisoy” on Tuesday.
According to Myke Marasigan of the Quezon City Risk Reduction and Management Council (QCRRDMC), at least 60 families from three different barangays in the city were evacuated in preparation for the expected flooding in their areas.
As of Tuesday morning, the number includes 39 families from flood-prone areas of Barangay Roxas, 16 families from Barangay Bagong Silangan, and five families from Barangay Tatalon.
Marasigan said the local government has activated the Incident Command System in the city to ensure the effective delivery of emergency responses to residents who will be affected by “Tisoy.”
Camp management in evacuation centers in the areas anticipated to be affected by the typhoon are already set for the evacuees.
Relief packs and ready-to-eat food are also ready for distribution by personnel of the city’s Social Services Department who were tasked to assist affected residents in the evacuation centers.
Based on the latest monitoring of the QCDRRMC, Marasigan said that floods in the city as of Tuesday are still gutter-deep due to occasional heavy rains being experienced in Metro Manila.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised a yellow rainfall warning over Metro Manila on Tuesday with heavy rainfall expected to persist for up to three hours due to the typhoon.
PAGASA also warned residents of possible flooding in low-lying areas.
With this, the local disaster risk reduction office urged Quezon City residents to be alert and proactive during the inclement weather and continue monitoring updates on the typhoon to ensure that everyone is prepared for the impact of “Tisoy.”
“Let us all be proactive. Please do not wait for your area to be submerged in deep floodwaters before evacuating so we can aim [for] zero-casualty,” Marasigan said.
Classes in all levels as well as government work were suspended in Quezon City on Tuesday as part of the local government’s preemptive measure to ensure the safety of residents.