'Evacuate,' disaster chief urges residents on Christmas storm's path


Posted at Dec 24 2019 10:22 AM

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Residents in flood and landslide-prone areas that are on the path of severe Tropical Storm Ursula should flee to safer ground before it hits central Philippines on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, the head of the disaster agency said. 

Almost the whole Visayas will be covered by the rain bands of Ursula, which will make landfall on Tuesday afternoon or evening, noted National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad. 

"Umiwas na lang iyong mga nasa bahaing lugar at saka mga lugar na medyo mataas, may risk of landslides, ini-emphasize natin na mag-evacuate," he told radio DZMM. 

(Those in flood-prone and mountainous areas with risk of landslides should flee, we are emphasizing that they should evacuate.) 

"Mahirap na mamayang gabi, pa-landfall na, saka pa lang lilikas," the official added. 

(It will be difficult for them to wait for the storm's landfall before evacuating.)

Ursula could further intensify into a typhoon before it hits land, the state weather bureau warned earlier Tuesday, as it hoisted storm signals over vast swaths of Luzon and Visayas, as well as some parts of Mindanao. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates. 
DZMM, Dec. 24, 2019