The Philippine government warns the local and foreign tourists to take precautions or cut short Easter summer vacations, and may evacuate thousands of people in the path of approaching Super Typhoon Chedeng, with and international name Maysak.
The said typhoon Maysak may affect as many as a million people, as per the United Nation’s Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System said on Thursday, April 2nd, downgrading the potential humanitarian impact of the storm to medium from high alert.
The country’s weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) bulletin forecasts landfall in the provinces of Aurora or Isabela in northern Luzon on either Saturday night or Sunday morning, April 4th or 5th. Local government units (LGU) in more than 650 municipalities in Luzon, the Country’s largest island, are coordinating with beach resort owners to ensure the safety of their respective visitors, Austere Panadero, undersecretary for LGUs.
“Maybe they can consider getting out as early as tomorrow before the typhoon hits them; that would be the most desirable action. If they are there already and they can’t change their plans, they should make necessary preparations.”
The government has alerted the public with the possible flash-floods over low-lying areas and landslides, most certainly in the Aurora-Isabela provinces. That said, the surfing province of Baler in Aurora, which is forecast to host 10,000 visitors this Easter break, is amongst of the coastal areas at massive risk from gusts, said Alexander Pama, undersecretary of the civil defense agency.
“We’re watching the situation and, depending on our assessment, may make a recommendation later today. It’s just preparatory; the storm might even further weaken. Any signals to evacuate will come from local governments.”
Super Typhoon Maysak weakened as it closed in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to the United States’ Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Sustained winds are reaching to 213 kilometers per hour.
The lowest level on a storm-warning scale of one-to-four will be raised in Bicol and Northern Samar provinces Thursday, Esperanza Cayanan, head of the government’s weather division, said at the briefing. Maysak is expected to weaken further once it hits land and crosses Luzon’s mountain ranges, she said, adding that the storm will exit the country on April 6th.
The archipelago of Philippines, which is heavily battered by tropical storms and typhoons that form over the Pacific Ocean, is the second most-at-risk country in the planet from cyclones next to Japan, as per report by the UK-based global risk and strategic consulting research firm Maplecroft.
The Philippines was amongst the most-affected by storm-related events back in 2013, with losses reaching to around $24.5 billion, or 3.8 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to environmental group Germanwatch. Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded in the world to hit land, killed more than 6,000 people in November 2013. Typhoon Maysak is approaching the Philippines just as the PAGASA-DOST declared the start of the summer season.