Over 200 Catanduanes folk evacuated as Tropical Storm Quinta looms
LEGAZPI CITY — The Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said 52 families or 262 persons living in flood-prone and coastal villages in the towns of Baras and Bato have been evacuated as Tropical Storm Quinta moves closer to the Bicol region.
Jerry Beo, PDRRMO – Catanduanes chief, said 26 families or 130 persons from Barangay (village) Sagrada in Baras town were evacuated.
Of the 26 families, 24 stayed in private houses while two families were evacuated to the village hall.
In Bato, 26 families or 132 persons from Barangay Cabugao and Carorian were brought to evacuation centers.
Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua directed local disaster councils of the 11 towns of the province to enforce a preemptive evacuation procedures on Sunday.
Majority of the towns in the island province of Catanduanes are located in coastal areas which are prone to storm surge and flooding.
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