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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Apayao takes proactive measures to secure its people against Typhoon “Mawar”

Updated: May 29, 2023

Apayao, Philippines – In preparation for the incoming Typhoon “Mawar”, Governor Elias Bulut Jr. directed the officials and concerned agencies to mobilize necessary resources and brace for the expected impact.

“Mawar” Update

“Mawar” was declared a super typhoon on Tuesday afternoon, May 23, but the state weather bureau downgraded it to a typhoon category this Wednesday.

The typhoon, however, may intensify again into a super typhoon once it enters the Philippines’ monitoring area.

As of its 8 a.m. update today, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mawar was last seen 2,170 kilometers away from east Visayas, moving north and northwestward at 10 kms. per hour. Its sustained winds stood at 175 kilometers per hour near the center with gusts of 215 kph.

The typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by either Friday evening or early Saturday and by then, Mawar will be given the local name “Betty.”

PAGASA weather specialist Analiza Clauren-Jorda said the cyclone is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country but tropical cyclone wind signals may be raised in extreme northern Luzon or near Cagayan.

Apayao’s preparation

On Tuesday, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has been activated to coordinate the overall response efforts. Emergency response teams, including rescue units, medical personnel, and relief workers, have been put on standby and will be deployed to vulnerable areas across the province, the Provincial Information Office reported.

Emergency supplies and facilities were prepared for the evacuation centers.

Availability of essential goods and services when the typhoon strikes was further ensured through the arrangements made by the provincial government.

Residents were urged by Gov. Bulut Jr. to regularly monitor weather and local advisories, secure their properties, and stockpile for possible disaster.

The governor underscored the safety of his people remains to be his top priority.


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