MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Monday said it is on red alert as they prepare for the possible onslaught of Typhoon Rosita.
NDRRMC director for operations Edgar Posadas warned that the typhoon could bring floods, landslides, and storm surges of up 3 meters in different areas in Northern and Central Luzon.
"Storm surges of up to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Isabela, Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and La Union," he said in a press briefing.
Landslides, he stressed, are likely in areas previously ravaged by Typhoon Ompong. A total of 290 cities and towns are at risk as Rosita draws near, he added.
Posadas said the NDRRMC will be strict in the dissemination of information to the local chief executives and officials in charge in the areas at risk.
"We are giving deadlines for feedback in compliance, especially on preemptive evacuations," he said, citing learnings from what happened during the onslaught of Ompong.
As of Monday afternoon, Isabela, Quirino, and northern Aurora have been place under signal 3. Meanwhile, 15 areas in Luzon have been placed under signal 2, while 14 areas are under signal 1.
State weather bureau PAGASA said Rosita is on course to hit the Isabela-Aurora area on Tuesday.
After making landfall, it is expected to cross northern Luzon, exit the landmass in the La Union-Pangasinan area and leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday.