Ramon now back to tropical depression; spares Maasin, So. Leyte
By Jani Arnaiz
October 12, 2011
MAASIN CITY -- Southern Leyte is on high alert in anticipation of its first typhoon since 1994, when it was hit by “Bising.” The supertyphoon left one dead and destroyed millions of pesos worth of crops and infrastructure.
Governor Damian Mercado said he had ordered all local executives and risk reduction management councils to prepare for Ramon’s onslaught.
“We should be vigilant [for floods and landslides] because it has been a long time since we had a typhoon,” Mercado said.
According to Manny Gonzalez, head of Pagasa in Southern Leyte, four supertyphoons have hammered the province—two Bisings (1982 and 1994), “Nitang” in 1984 and “Ruping” in 1990.
Classes were suspended at the elementary level in Southern Leyte in anticipation of heavy rains and flooding.
The provincial government also warned families living in coastal and landslide- and flood-prone areas to be prepared to leave their homes if the need arose.
Classes were also suspended in the preschool level in the rest of Eastern Visayas, in the elementary level in Pilar town on Camotes Island, and in the elementary and high school levels in Bantayan town on Bantayan Island.
Rey Gozon, acting director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Eastern Visayas, said 30 people had been stranded in ports in Hindang, Leyte, and Liloan, Southern Leyte, since Monday night.
Ferry boats were not allowed to leave the Liloan ports, affecting three trucks loaded with 18 passengers bound for Lipata, Surigao del Norte, and 12 passengers and 12 trucks bound for Cebu, Gozon said.