Typhoon Nona: NDRRMC on red alert status

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  • Around 77,000 families, or about 340,000 individuals, were evacuated in Albay as of 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) made its first landfall over Batag Island, Northern Samar on Monday (December 14), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is now on red alert status as it prepares for the typhoon's onslaught.

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Representatives from all 44 member-agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of National Defense (DND), and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), are monitoring any developments brought by Nona.

The NDRRMC said Nona made its second landfall at 4 p.m. over San Antonio in Bulusan, Sorsogon. It added that the typhoon will traverse the southern Luzon area until 2 p.m. Tuesday (December 15).

Nona is expected to weaken into a tropical depression, the NDRRMC also said, after it hits Mindoro then into a low-pressure area (LPA) when it traverses the South China Sea.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said 283,000 food packs are ready to be distributed to provinces affected by the typhoon and P662 million pesos are on standby as quick response funds.

Soliman added that President Benigno Aquino III has instructions for a 'zero casualty goal' and to make sure food packs and equipment are in place to help normalize the situation once the typhoon leaves the country.

Forced evacuation is ongoing in some places in Samar but authorities appealed to residents to voluntarily leave their homes if they are in an at-risk area.

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Situation in Albay

The province of Albay remains under Signal No. 3.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Monday, around 77,000 families, or about 340,000 individuals, in the province were evacuated.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who is also the chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), ordered the evacuation on Sunday evening.

Related: Albay under state of imminent disaster

According to Guinobatan Mayor Gemma Ongjoco, the Guinobatan Central School and Lower Binogsacan Elementary School now serve as temporary shelters for more or less 5,000 families.

As of posting, relief goods are being delivered and distributed to affected residents. Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) in Albay said on Monday that they have prepositioned at least 86,239 sacks of rice for the evacuees.

The province still has P16.5 million quick response fund, Salceda said.

Situation in Northern Samar

Prior to Nona making landfall, preventive evacuation were implemented in seven municipalities in Northern Samar - Lapinig, Gamay, Mapanas and Palapag - to ensure no casualties, according to Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Ed Posadas.

The DSWD is set to send 2,000 packs of relief goods, including tarpaulins, to Northern Samar, he added. The Department of Health will also send medicines to provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar.

Posadas also said there was an interruption in communication lines and electricity supply around 12 p.m. Monday in the province.

CNN Philippines correspondent Kris de Guzman and Paola Palma and regional correspondents Jean Rose Geronga and Wil Mark Amazona and contributed to this report.