Storm surges still possible, warns NDRRMC chief

Posted at 06/17/2012 12:05 PM | Updated as of 06/17/2012 12:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday warned Filipinos not to be complacent even if Typhoon 'Butchoy' (international name: Gutchol) is moving out of the country.

In an interview with ANC, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said storm surges are still a possibility and rains will continue to dampen the country’s eastern seaboard.

"Storm surges are still a concern. Butchoy is still within the area of responsibility, so ang possibility of a strom surge ay nandiyan pa rin sa Eastern Seabord ng Pilipinas," Ramos said.

"Wag muna tayong kampante ngayon, maski palabas na si Butchoy," he added.

Moreover, Benito said several roads in Northern Luzon are still closed, and he advised motorists to take the Marcos Highway to Baguio instead of Kennon Road to avoid potential rockfalls.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Typhoon Butchoy remains at 10, while 250 families in the Sarangani province remain in evacuation centers.

Fishermen in affected areas are still not allowed to sail.

'Butchoy' is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by early Tuesday morning. – Report from ANC.