Bulacan braces for onslaught of typhoon “Nina”

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has put on a 24-hour alert all the emergency responders in the 21 towns and 3 cities of Bulacan as the province braces for the impact of typhoon "Nina," which is expected to pass on the night of Christmas day.

"Let us all pray. But, we need to be prepared and ready. Thus, even on the day our Lord Jesus Christ was born, we will continuously monitor the situation for the safety of our provincemates," Alvarado told members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council during the "Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment" meeting at the PDRRMO command center.

He directed PDRRM executive officer Liz Mungcal to deploy on Christmas day emergency rescue teams along flood prone areas and prepare evacuation centers as well as relief goods and medicines.<>Mungcal said that based on official weather forecast of government meteorologists, the storm will hit Bulacan and other areas of Central Luzon on Dec. 25 and 26.

He said teams have already been conducting public warning on areas prone to landslides and floods as well as in the coastal towns of Bulacan where storm surge could occur.

The governor also said that the PDRRMO was closely monitoring the situation at the three major dams in Bulacan namely Angat, Ipo and Bustos which have been preemptively releasing excess waters since Dec. 20 after the water elevation at Angat dam breached its spilling level of 212 meters.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the water elevation at Angat dam was 212.36 meters while the level at Ipo dam was 101.08 meters. The water level at Bustos dam was 17.21 meters.

From December 20 up to Dec. 23, Angat dam has discharged a total of 959 meters of excess water while Bustos dam released 503 meters of water and Ipo dam discharged 145 meters.

Source: Philippines News Agency