The Philippine government has warned against falling debris from the planned missile launch of North Korea from April 12 to 16.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the eastern part of Region 2, Polilio Island, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes are under threat of the falling debris from the rocket to be launched.
NDRRMC chief Undersecretary Benito Ramos has announced that a meeting of the council’s Technical Management Group was held last April 3. During the meeting, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) have suggested a ‘No Fly Zone’ policy in the flight path of the missile.
The Marina, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Navy (PN), meanwhile, have submitted a ‘No Sail Zone’ policy in the territorial waters likely to be affected.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has proposed a ‘No Fishing Zone’ policy in the projected falling areas. The local government units and local authorities are set to take preemptive measures in preventing their local residents and fishermen to undertake any off-shore activity during the prescribed time frame.
On the other hand, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute Director Dr. Alumanda dela Rosa has reported that the missile does not carry any nuclear warhead. She has allayed fears on the possibility of it being a weapon of mass destruction. There is no reported radioactive materials that will be carried onboard.