Bicol bishop appeals for prayers as storm nears

Bicol bishop appeals for prayers as storm nears

By CBCP News

November 29, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has called on the public to pray and prepare ahead of a strong typhoon that is heading towards east of the Philippines.

In issuing the “oratio imperata” (obligatory prayer) on Nov. 28, Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi told the faithful to be alert and work for zero casualty.

“Let us pray that we may be saved from disaster,” Baylon said. “Let us care for the most vulnerable among us.”

Philippine forecasters said Typhoon Kammuri (local name Tisoy) may intensify into a super typhoon as it barrels toward the Bicol region.

The tropical cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday and is expected to intensify as it approaches the country.

State weather bureau PAGASA said the typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140kph near its center and 170kph gusts.

The track of Kammuri may be similar to two previous typhoons — Durian (2006) and Rammasun (2014) — that claimed hundreds of lives and damaged properties.

The typhoon is also threatening to hit the venues of this year’s Southeast Asian Games, which will open over the weekend.