Over 72,000 still in evacuation centers as Paeng batters Bicolandia
LEGAZPI CITY – At least 15,426 families or 72,089 individuals are still in evacuation centers and private residemces in the Bicol region due to the threat of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae), regional authorities reported on Saturday.
Gremil Alexis Naz, spokesperson of Office of Civil Defense – Bicol, said in a report that 15,296 families or 71,676 individuals from landslide and flood-prone areas are in evacuation centers while 130 families or 413 persons are staying in shelters outside the government facilities.
The local officials started the pre-emptive and forced evacuation in high-risk areas as early as Friday morning.
As of 8 a.m., the Philippine Coast Guard – Bicol reported that 2,426 passengers, 783 rolling cargoes and 60 fishing vessels were stranded in various ports in the region.
Naz said around 685 persons, seven buses, 160 trucks and 50 light materials were also stranded along Maharlika Highway leading to Matnog port.
Floods and landslides were also reported in different areas in Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.
On Saturday morning, Albay Governor Noel Rosal lifted the suspension of work in public and private offices while malls, groceries, supermarkets and local markets were also allowed to resume operations.
He, however, said displaced residents would have to stay at the evacuation centers as the province was still threatened by heavy rains.
Classes in all levels in public and private schools are still suspended in the region.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol distributed P609,970 worth of assistance to the families affected by the weather disturbance.
The evacuees were also given P538,665 worth of family food packs while the local government units in Matnog, Sorsogon and Del Gallego, Camarines Sur also provided hot meals to the stranded passengers.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Paeng made landfall in Virac town in Catanduanes at 1:10 a.m. and its second landfall was recorded in Caramoan town in Camarines Sur at 1:40 a.m.
A total of 3,681 families or 14,701 individuals from eleven towns in Catanduanes were also evacuated.
“Mabini village is isolated while road from Anong village in Viga town is not passable,” Nikko Franco Templonuevo, Catanduanes provincial information officer told the Inquirer in a text message Saturday.
Templonuevo said minor landsides occurred in Vera village in Viga town and only one lane is passable at a bridge in Bato town after a tree, that was uprooted when heavy rains softened the soil around it, fell.
Power was also cut off in the island province at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
In its 8 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa said that based on the Daet and Baler Doppler Weather Radars, Paeng was spotted over the coastal waters of Catanauan town in Quezon.
It still packs maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness up to 160 kph and moving west- northwest at 30 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 was hoisted over Camarines Norte, the western portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Pasacao, Libmanan, Pamplona), Marinduque, Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, and Rizal.
Signal No. 2 is up over Catanduanes, Albay, the western portion of Sorsogon (Pilar, Castilla, Donsol), the western portion of Masbate (Aroroy, Baleno, Mandaon) including Burias Island, the southern portion of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Dingalan, Maria Aurora), Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, the rest of Camarines Sur, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands.
Signal No. 1 is in effect in Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Sorsogon, the rest of Masbate including Ticao Island, and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli, Roxas, San Vicente) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Guimaras, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.
MA. APRIL MIER-MANJARES AND MICHAEL B. JAUCIAN INQ
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