50 families evacuate as southwest monsoon, ‘Ompong’ felt in Pagadian City
PAGADIAN CITY – At least 50 families evacuated to a barangay hall of San Pedro village here on Thursday, fearing their houses made of light materials would not be able to stand the strong winds and downpour brought about by the combined effects of the southwest monsoon and Typhoon “Ompong.”
But San Pedro Barangay Chairman Dionisio Sumampong said the 50 families from Purok Kabingaan have finally returned home on Friday. They voluntarily evacuated to the barangay hall to secure the elderly, women and children.
“Their houses were all on stilts, while the main bridge they use regularly was a bit unstable,” Sumampong said.
Village officials had conducted a house-to-house campaign on Wednesday to encourage pre-emptive evacuation as Ompong entered the Philippine area of responsibility.
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