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Manila steps up emergency preparations for Typhoon Rolly’s onslaught

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The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) has placed all of its emergency response units on heightened alert ahead of Typhoon Rolly’s expected landfall this weekend.

MDRRMO Director Arnel Angeles said that based on PAGASA’s forecast, Typhoon Rolly could bring rains to Metro Manila within the next 36 hours.

As part of its preparations, the MDRRMO will temporarily dismantle all large-format tarpaulins and billboards. It will also temporarily remove tents or coverings in several barangays.

Rescue boats and outboard motors will also be deployed for possible flash floods or open-water rescue operations.

About 50 partition tents have been set up at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School for possible evacuees. The MDRRMO also conducted misting and disinfecting operations in the area as safety precaution against COVID-19.