Listen: Luzon, Northern Philippines and Julie McCarthy discussed on ATN
"Tons of rice as it cuts across northern Luzon, which is largely an agricultural area. And the civil defence of our office estimated that forty eight thousand houses made of light material are vulnerable to collapse. They also said they're getting calls already for rescue. But they said it's not safe enough to send their teams. Out did people evacuate. I mean, how many people are still in the way the path of this storm only sixteen thousand three hundred people reported to have evacuated and the Red Cross was concerned that more people hadn't left the northern Philippines, as I said is mostly agrarian. It's less populated than the area. You'll remember that was struck by super typhoon Haiyan in two thousand thirteen that's when more than six thousand people died, but here we're talking anywhere. We're still talking anywhere from five to ten million people who are at risk. What is being done to avoid a repeat of that awful two thousand thirteen disasters the country better prepared than it was then what certainly seems like there's a lot of preparation. And fortunately this storm is moving quickly through the northern edge of the country. Civil defense office has done a lot of education on the dangers of the storm surge lesson they learned from two thousand thirteen hundred. Thousands of food packs have been pre positioned humanitarian aid groups are out there by the thousands. The police are deployed the armed forces are on standby to lead the rescue operations. But there's there's no question that a monster storm like this is going to tax the abilities of even the most sophisticated and developed country. Some peers Julie McCarthy."