3 more fishermen missing in Catanduanes; Albay suspends afternoon classes up to high school level

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LEGAZPI CITY, 11Oct2013 (PNA) – At least three fishermen from Barangay Tinago in Viga town in Catanduanes have been reported missing since Thursday, the Catanduanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said on Friday.

The Catanduanes PDRRMC identified the missing fishermen as Andres Timuat, 42; Edilberto Arcilla, 55; and Jose Burak, 58 — all residents of Tinago village.

In Albay, with Santi’s rainband of 500 kms and its estimated landfall time and area, classes in the pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and high school levels in public and private schools were suspended and the pupils were asked not return to school for the afternoon classes.

The Department of Public Works and Highways reported that a road portion between Libon town and Ligao City was rendered impassable due collapsed roadway and pavement caused by moderate rains.

Commercial plane flights in Naga Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur, were cancelled due to stormy weather while flights were normal at the Legazpi City airport.

On orders of Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda, the Albay DRRMC reiterated the zero-casualty goal of the province during disasters.

It ordered all local government units’ DRRMOs to be prepared for possible measures that may be needed to secure the lives of everyone and reduce damages on livelihoods.

The APDRRMC also ordered a ban on sailing to sea for small passenger seacraft and fishing vessels and crossing of floodwaters and rivers.

The rest of the population should monitor announcements and advisories through the radio and social media sites. (PNA)

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