The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council IV placed Western Visayas under red alert and activated its Charlie Protocol on Sunday, September 25, because of the threat of flooding and landslides that may be brought on by Super Typhoon “Karding” and the Southwest Monsoon.
Charlie Protocol or the highest emergency preparedness and response protocol was activated as Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras and Negros Occidental were classified as high risk or susceptible to landslides and flooding, the Office of Civil Defense said.
“Karding” will not directly hit Negros Occidental.
It slightly weakened as it was about to make landfall in the vicinity of the General Nakar-Dingalan area at 8 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported.
The Philippine Coast Guard announced that all trips bound for Batangas and Manila from the BREDCO port in Bacolod City were suspended until further notice.
A spokesman of 2Go also announced that its voyages have been cancelled because of “Karding”.
The Negros Occidental LGUs that announced the suspension of classes on Monday, September 26, are Sipalay City, Kabankalan City, Himamaylan City, La Castellana , Binalbagan, Ilog, Cauayan, Candoni, Moises Padilla, Hinoba-an, EBMagalona and Isabela.
Bacolod City has not cancelled classes, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said.
Philippine Airlines also announced cancellation of its Manila- Bacolod- Manila PR 2135/ PR 2136/ PR 2137/ PR 2138 flights on Sunday.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said although Negros Occidental is not directly affected by “Karding” the public and all DRRM Councils are advised to monitor weather updates, and be alert for isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Those whose houses are at river banks should transfer to more safe areas, especially at night, it said.
The PDRRMO also reminded the public to be alert against strong winds and lighting due to thunderstorms, and to call the Negros Occidental 911 in case of an emergency.
It said residents should not cross when there are strong currents in overflows, rivers and creeks, and to evacuate from flood and landslide prone areas if necessary.
The DRRM Councils of Negros Occidental local government units were also advised to heighten their preparedness against possible flooding, flashfloods or landslides.*