Bicol evacuees rise to 600 due to nonstop rains
LEGAZPI CITY — The number of evacuees in Bicol rose to 600 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, due to the incessant heavy rains brought by the shear line and northeast monsoon.
Disaster officials evacuated 21 families (41 persons) in this city in Albay, two families (nine persons) in Vinzons town in Camarines Norte, and 167 families (550 persons) from flood and landslide-prone areas in seven Camarines Sur towns, said Gremil Alexis Naz, Office of Civil Defense Bicol spokesperson.
Naz said 141 flooding incidents were reported from 25 towns and cities in Albay, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur since Dec. 18, rendering some roads, bridges, and spillways impassable.
Three rain-induced landslides were also recorded in this city; and San Andres and Viga town in Catanduanes.
At 9:30 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Southern Luzon raised an orange heavy rainfall warning in Albay and Catanduanes, which means floods and landslides were threatening the low-lying and mountainous areas.
In Camarines Norte, a yellow warning was raised, which means the communities were advised to be more cautious of possible flooding, especially those living near river channels.
Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains were affecting parts of Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate and Northern Samar.
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