Quezon City deploys rescue teams in flood-prone areas

MANILA Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Thursday ordered the advance deployment of Quezon City's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams in critical areas with the expected onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

After the pre-disaster risk assessment meeting of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (QCDRRMC), Bautista identified Barangay Apolonio Samson and the barangays traversed by G. Araneta Ave. as areas where the USAR will be prepositioned.

The QCDRRMC also ordered the pre-deployment of its rescue teams in perennial flood-prone areas, particularly Barangays Roxas and Silangan.

Classes in all levels, both in public and private, will be suspended on Friday (Sept. 14) and Saturday (Sept. 15) as a pre-emptive public safety measure.

During the briefing of the QCDRRMC, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Ompong will likely make landfall somewhere in Cagayan and Batanes provinces.

In the same meeting, the Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD) was ordered to trim trees along major thoroughfares.

The Department of Building Official also ordered building administrators to roll up billboards and tarpaulin signs installed in buildings.

The construction companies were also ordered to secure construction sites and heavy equipment and tower cranes.

The Social Services Development Department will also pre-deploy social workers, including the soup kitchen and other items, such as relief goods for the evacuees in Quezon City's flood-prone barangays.

There are a total of 84 evacuation centers in the six districts of Quezon City.

For rescue and other emergency concerns in Quezon City, residents are advised to call hotline 122. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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