Zambo Sur disaster councils on alert as ‘Hanna’ enters PAR

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Aug. 5 (PNA) -– The City and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils have been placed on alert and ready to respond to any emergencies as a typhoon with international name “Soudelor” is set to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon is expected to enter the PAR between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and once inside the PAR it will be locally named “Hanna.”

Hanna will be the eight tropical cyclone to affect the country this year and first for this month of August.

Haron Damada, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said Wednesday they have placed on alert the members of the Barangay Emergency Response Team (BERT) especially those in the six landslide prone barangays.

The landslide prone barangays in this city are the following: Deborok; Lourdes; Dampalan; Upper Sibatang; La Suerte; and, Lison Valley.

Damada noted that this city had been experiencing heavy downpour since Monday but there was no reported weather-related incident.

Wilfredo Asoy, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head, said they are closely monitoring the Salug Valley area particularly the flood-prone towns of Mahayag, Molave, and Tambulig.