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Cebu on red alert due to ‘Auring’

Cebu is on red alert following the declaration of Signal No. 1 in the entire province as of Friday night due to Tropical Storm Auring.

Cebu on red alert due to 'Auring'

All disaster and rescue teams across the province are ready for deployment, the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CPDRRMO) said in an advisory on Saturday.

Personnel of the Cebu City DRRMO are prepared to respond to any emergencies as the storm draws nearer.

In Mandaue City, local officials have placed the city under red alert starting Saturday while coastal barangays in Lapu-Lapu City have been advised to evacuate residents living near the shoreline.

CPDRRMO chief Neil Sanchez said the goal is to have zero casualties.

He called on local government units (LGUs) in the province to conduct pre-emptive evacuations, if necessary, and assured that the Capitol is ready to support them should they need assistance when the storm hits.

Water, food, and medicines are already prepositioned in strategic parts of the province while the Capitol’s heavy equipment units are available in various towns in the northern and southern parts of Cebu.

The southern municipality of Badian has suspended all canyoneering activities due to the incoming weather disturbance.

San Remigio town in northern Cebu has reported stranded passengers and vehicles at the Hagnaya Port, brought about by the cancelation of sea trips because of “Auring”.

The Cebu Port Authority has reported strong winds and big waves at Santa Fe Port in Bantayan Island.

The docking areas are empty and the passenger terminal is closed. There has been no report on stranded passengers as of Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard Station Central Cebu has issued a temporary suspension of trips for all types of vessels starting 11 p.m. Friday, with the storm bringing rains to the Visayas and Mindanao.

In the Visayas, “Auring” will affect Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Bohol, and Siquijor.

The voyage suspension also covers several areas in Mindanao – the Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur.

Light to moderate with occasional heavy rains are expected over Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, the Caraga region, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Southern Leyte from Saturday morning until afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In preparation for “Auring’s” impact in the region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 (Central Visayas) said it has prepared PHP22.2 million worth of stockpile aid, including family food packs and non-food relief items, and standby funds. (PNA)

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