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5,000 evacuated in Mimaropa as ‘Ompong’ devastates north Luzon

/ 01:27 PM September 15, 2018

Evacuees stay inside a dimly lit room as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

CITY OF CALAPAN – At least 457 evacuation centers were activated to accommodate the 4,941 evacuees (1,148 families) who fled their homes in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa) due to the effects of Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut), police said Saturday.

Seaports in the region saw 1,141 persons, 319 vehicles, and 54 ships stranded, Supt. Imelda Tolentino, Mimaropa police information officer, also reported.

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Some roads and villages in Occidental Mindoro also became flooded due to rains brought by Ompong, Tolentino said.

Meanwhile, 279 search-and-rescue personnel were deployed with 1,075 personnel on standby.

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As of this posting, boat trips plying Calapan and Batangas ports were still suspended.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, Ompong was located 30 kilometers West of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, the state weather bureau said.

Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon Ompong

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph.

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