Coast Guard in Metro Manila area braces for 'Nina'


Posted at Dec 26 2016 10:04 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday pre-positioned rescue teams and equipment across Metro Manila and nearby provinces ahead of Typhoon "Nina" (International name: Nock-Ten), which is expected to hit the area on Monday.

Some 400 Coast Guard personnel, some of whom canceled their holiday breaks, were placed on standby along with over 30 rescue trucks and boats at their headquarters in Manila. 

Rescue teams were also deployed to Quezon City and low-lying Camanava (Cavite-Malabon-Navotas-Valaenzuela) area, PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo told radio DZMM. 

The PCG also halted sea travel, stranding some 12,000 people in ports in Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon. 

Nina is due to make a fifth landfall in Batangas on Monday then move towards Manila, state meteorologists said. 

Ricardo Jalad, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, said there were no reports of deaths or missing people but communications were disrupted.

"We expect to get reports from the field as soon as power and telephone services are restored," Jalad said.

-- With reports from Dennis Datu, DZMM; Reuters