MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon is moving almost stationary while it moves to make landfall in Babuyan Islands in the afternoon or evening of Tuesday (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.
Thus, residents in areas affected by the typhoon are advised to take appropriate actions ahead of possible flashfloods and landslides.
According to PAGASA, ‘Ramon’ is expected to weaken following landfall due to the land interaction and the Northern Monsoon.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Cagayan is continuously monitoring the situation in low-lying, landslide and flashflood prone areas while the typhoon is nearing landfall.
Authorities are particularly monitoring the town of Abulug where over 50 houses were completely washed out by the previous tropical depression ‘Quiel’.
Based on the latest data from the PDRRMO, around 1,700 families have already been evacuated in view of the typhoon’s landfall.
Around 100 of the families were from the town of Gonzaga were forced to evacuate following threats of landslide and flashflood.
“May matitigas talaga. (Some were hardheaded.) They told us that they (already) know (what to do),” said Municipal Disaster Office Head Edward Gaspar.
According to PAGASA, stormy weather remains over Cagayan, Batanes, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and Ilocos Provinces while Typhoon Ramon is nearing landfall. – MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)
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