Over 15,000 evacuate due to Typhoon Ompong

Sofia Tomacruz
Over 15,000 evacuate due to Typhoon Ompong
(3rd UPDATE) Residents from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region head for safe zones before Ompong (Mangkhut) hits land

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 3,510 families or 15,328 individuals preemptively evacuated as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) heads for land.

Office of Civil Defense Spokesperson Edgar Posadas said on Friday, September 14, that the residents come from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

They are from these provinces:

  • llocos Norte
  • La Union
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Quirino
  • Rizal
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • Kalinga
  • Ifugao

Ompong is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area on Saturday, September 15.

An estimated 5.2 million people are in the path of the typhoon, though this number is likely to change as the NDRRMC monitors Ompong and its movements.

National government agencieslocal government units, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and the Philippine Coast Guard were placed on alert to respond to the typhoon. (READ: What gov’t has done so far to prepare for Typhoon Ompong) – Rappler.com

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.