“Kammuri” has intensified into a typhoon and may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as Typhoon “Tisoy” on Saturday (30 November) or Sunday (1 December). It is projected to strengthen further as it approaches, and may bring continuous heavy rains over Luzon and Eastern Visayas which could cause flooding and landslides. Vigilant monitoring in identified affected areas was strongly advised by the National Disaster Disk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) during its Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting held this afternoon.
According to PAGASA, as of 2:00PM today, “Kammuri” is located 1,410 km East of Visayas (outside PAR) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h. “Kammuri” may intensify further and may reach peak intensity in 4 to 5 days. With dates December 3 and 4 projected as critical, PAGASA warned of the likelihood of maximum sustained winds reaching 185 km/h and the possible raising of at least Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 on these dates.
For the information of the public, TCWS No. 3 can bring heavy damage to high-risk structures, unroof houses made of medium strength materials, damage shrubbery, break or uproot large trees, and topple electric posts. Storm surge is also possible in coastal areas.
“Kammuri” follows a similar track to previous typhoons “Reming” in 2006 and “Glenda” in 2014, which cuts across Luzon. To recall, “Reming” resulted in the death of 734 individuals, while “Glenda” caused the death of 106 people and damaged properties amounting to Php 38.6 billion.
PAGASA said that there is the possibility of “Kammuri” intensifying into a Super Typhoon.
Continuous heavy rains may affect Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Samar Island on Tuesday (3 December) to Wednesday (4 December) morning that can cause flooding or landslides in prone areas. In the same period, frequent heavy rains are projected over Northern Luzon due to the typhoon’s interaction with the tail-end of a cold front and can induce flooding or landslides. Further, flooding may occur in low-lying areas and landslide in mountainous areas in Regions II, III, V, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA. Magat Dam may release water from its shed and cause flooding in certain areas depending on the amount of rainfall.
Residents in the identified areas should monitor tension cracks, fractured rocks and sediments, sliding slope and active slides, and soil overburden which are common signs of impending landslides. Likewise, residents in low-lying areas or near riverbanks who experience prolonged rainfall should exercise caution and monitor the level of river water considering that heavy rainfall may cause riverbank erosion, shift of river flow direction, debris flows and artificial damming.
DSWD has prepositioned 299,489 family food packs across 17 field offices in or nearby areas to be affected. Non-food relief items amounting to Php 651 million are also stored in field offices. Also as part of contingency plans, the NDRRMC has ensured that additional stocks are on standby and ready for dispatch when needed. DILG and DSWD are likewise on alert for possible evacuations especially in affected areas.
OCD Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo B Jalad directed all agencies to scale up preparations for the possible impacts of the Typhoon. “We cannot leave this storm to chance. Let us strengthen all preparedness efforts at the national, regional, and local government levels. We also advise affected residents to expect possible pre-emptive evacuations and take precautionary measures. Let us learn from our history of past typhoons and become more cooperative and prepared,” Jalad said.
NDRRMC is on BLUE alert status to monitor the effects and response actions for Typhoon “Kammuri”. Emergency Operations Centers have also been activated in Regions I, II, III, CAR, and V. Moreover, the EOCs maintain close coordination with the NDRRMC.