facebook
twitter
search
search

Philippines readies for landfall of Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

MANILA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Filipino officials said they suspended classes and readied evacuation centers in preparation for the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon, which will be renamed Yolanda once it enters the Philippines, is expected to make landfall Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

Officials have identified "typhoon-proof" school buildings as evacuation centers, and have prepared food packs and medicine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.net reported Wednesday.

The Eastern Visayas Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ordered local governments to establish contingency plans and monitor warning systems.

"When the [typhoon] enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the [local government units] should advise the local fisher folks and local vessels and residents in the coastal barangays about the no sailing, no fishing policy," the council said in a statement.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts