ILOILO CITY—The northern part of Panay Island may be considered risk areas because of typhoon Rolly.
This was the consensus agreed on by officials after the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) led a Saturday meeting of the Western Visayas Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (Western Visayas DRRMC).
“We’re looking at the areas at risk of flood and landslide,” said Aleth Nogra, chief of OCD-6’s disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) division.
Nogra told The Manila Bulletin on Saturday, October 31, that they have identified areas, which are prone to landslide in some localities in Aklan, Antique and Iloilo provinces.
“For flooding, we are looking at Capiz and Iloilo provinces. These are almost the same places where Typhoon Quinta passed by recently,” Nogra added.
While weather bureau PAGASA has indicated that Rolly will not pass by Panay Island, Nogra said that local DRRMs and the people should not be complacent, and should remain vigilant.
“Remember, we are still also under a pandemic. There are a lot of challenges,” Nogra added.
One of the key concerns was that if people need to be evacuated, there would also be the challenge of implementing physical distancing in evacuation centers.
“I think that’s what some local officials are worried about,” Nogra added.