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Cebu, Catanduanes coastal barangays on alert for Mawar

Several coastal barangays in Cebu and Catanduanes are on alert as Super Typhoon Mawar moves towards the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Nikko Sereño reported on “24 Oras” on Friday.

In Cebu province, classes in 17 cities and municipalities were canceled. These included Talisay, Carcar, Naga, Minglanilla, Consolacion, Daanbantayan, Catmon, San Remigio and Tabogon.

No alert was raised in the province but preparations are in place in flash flood and landslide-prone areas.

“Tiningnan nila ang sitwasyon sa kanilang area dahil sila ang nakakaalam especially sa mga flood prone areas o landslide prone areas,” said Wilson Ramos of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

(They’re monitoring the situation in their respective areas because they are aware of the flood and landslide-prone areas.)

Personnel of the Lapu-Lapu City DRRMO are now on standby as well as their sea ambulance and the equipment to be used for water search and rescue operations, technical rope rescue, and collapsed structure rescue.

Meanwhile, in Cordova, the DRRMO personnel inspected coastal areas and readied relief packs to be distributed to the fisherfolk who would be affected by the typhoon.

At the Lipata Port in Surigao, ferry operations were canceled, even without the gale warning of the Philippine Coast Guard. — Sundy Locus/DVM, GMA Integrated News