NDRRMC: Authorities control number of tourists in areas threatened by Chedeng

Typhoon victims wait for relief supplies on a beach in a remote village in Dolores, Eastern Samar on Tuesday. Typhoon Ruby barreled across central Philippines and devastated remote villages making it hard for government response teams to reach the areas.(MNS photo)

Typhoon victims wait for relief supplies on a beach in a remote village in Dolores, Eastern Samar on Tuesday. Typhoon Ruby barreled across central Philippines and devastated remote villages making it hard for government response teams to reach the areas. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 4 (Mabuhay) — Disaster risk reduction and management units in parts of Luzon have started controlling the number of tourists in areas facing possible threats from Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Saturday.

According to the NDRRMC, the regional disaster risk reduction and management council in Cordillera has controlled the number of tourists in spots including Sagada, Kabayan (Mt. Pulag), Bokod (hot spring).

In Benguet, the town disaster management council in Bokod has canceled all hiking activities to Mount Purgatory for tourists’ safety.

Disaster management officials in Kabayan town are controlling the number of tourists hiking in Mt. Pulag, while their counterparts in Sagada have controlled the number of tourists for Lumiang-Sumaguing-Crystal Cave.

In Baguio City, the city disaster risk reduction and management council reported evacuation centers, rescue equipment, responders and relief goods are ready.

In Cagayan province, the PDRRMC monitored 5,896 tourists, including:

– 395 in Abulug shoreline
– 2,000 in Buguey beach
– 1,500 in Ballesteros beach
– 1,001 in Sta. Praxedes resort
– 1,000 in Sanchez Mira beach

The Peñablanca town disaster risk reduction and management council prepositioned rescue teams to assist and ensure the safety of tourists and residents.

On the other hand, the provincial disaster management unit in Benguet has strengthened coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways field offices focusing on the Gurel-Bokod-Kabayan-Buguias Road and Akop-Kapangan-Bakun Road. (MNS)

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