Govt on red alert as Labuyo nears Luzon
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - As Typhoon Labuyo (international codename Utor) continues to threaten Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) declared a Red Alert Sunday, August 11.
Thousands of pasengers and hundreds of vessels were stranded in Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Samar as of Sunday morning because of the weather disturbance, the NDRRMC reported in its weather situation report released at 3:00 pm.
At least 7,581 passengers, 33 vessels, 228 rolling cargoes, and 12 motor boats have been stranded, the NDRRMC said. Two vessels and 18 bulk carriers took shelter while 3 trips were cancelled, the report added.
Meanwhile, 5 flights (Manila-Naga-Manila) were cancelled because of the weather disturbance.
Cebu Pacific Air flight numbers:
- 5J 521
- 5J 522
- 5J 557
PAL Express flight numbers:
- 2P 263
- 2P 264
The NDRRMC operations center will continuously monitor and disseminate weather alerts and 24-hour weather forecasts to all of its regional units, Usec Eduardo del Rosario, NDDRMC executive director, said in a situation report released 11 am.
The units have been instructed to "undertake precautionary measures" in their areas.
All provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils have also been directed to circulate related bulletins and forecasts.
Six areas are now placed under storm warning signal number 3 as Typhoon Labuyo moves toward Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is also on "heightened alert," saying it is ready to respond to any emergency situation. - Rappler.com