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148 families displaced, 7,000 stranded in Sorsogon due to ‘Usman’ 

By: - Correspondent / @RAOstriaINQ
/ 12:52 AM December 29, 2018

LEGAZPI CITY – As Tropical Depression ” Usman” threatens to make landfall over Eastern Samar, 148 families (751 people) in Sorsogon province have fled from possible landslides and flooding as of 11 p.m. Friday.

Raden Dimaano, chief of the Sorsogon Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that the families were from 12 villages in the towns of Irosin, Barcelona, and Casiguran, and the city of Sorsogon.

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According to the PDRRMO, about 174 hectares of agricultural areas in Sorsogon City have also been flooded.

Barangay Pamurayan also experienced waist-deep flooding at 2 p.m.

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In Casiguran town, a spillway in Barangay Mabini was impassable.

A total of 6,154 passengers will spend another night in different ports in Sorsogon, while 659 passengers and drivers have been held off at Irosin town to avoid a longer queue outside Matnog port.

Most of the stranded passengers were in Matnog port, where 4,863 were stranded.

Red Rainfall Warning remains raised over Sorsogon and Albay provinces, meaning flooding are currently occurring and will likely rise and cause landslides, according to the Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

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