The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council calls on the Local Government Units and public to be vigilant for the possible effects of Tropical Depression “Ambo”, which may include flooding and landslides in prone areas.
As of 10:00 p.m yesterday, the center of Ambo was spotted at 300 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) during the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting held yesterday at NDRRMC Conference Room said Ambo will bring scattered light to moderate with isolated heavy rains during thunderstorms over Mindanao and may cause moderate to rough seas in eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental.
TD Ambo may also intensify to tropical storm and is expected to make landfall over Bicol region area on late evening of May 14 or morning of May 15. Possible tropical cyclone wind signal may raise over Bicol region and some parts of Eastern Visayas by then.
Residents are advised to be vigilant and monitor advisories from the state bureau as TD Ambo may cause possible flooding in the low lying areas of Bicol Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, National Capital Region, Samar and Leyte provinces.
Landslides may also occur in the mountainous areas of Bicol, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, CAR, and Cagayan Valley.
Fisherfolk and those with small seacrafts are advised not venture out on the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has also disseminated warnings to the LGUs for areas to be affected by Ambo.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported that it has on standby 412,238 family food packs worth 179 million pesos, as well as 780 million pesos worth of other food and non-food items and 244 million pesos standby funds, for a total of over 1.2 billion pesos worth of standby resources. These shall be augmented when the need arises. All transport logistics assets for hauling or relief resources are ready, the department added.