Sorsogon evacuates villagers threatened by Typhoon ‘Nona’

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By Mar Arguelles

SORSOGON CITY, 14Dec2015 — Officials of Sorsogon province have also enforced preemptive evacuation of residents seen to be affected by Typhoon “Nona”, which is expected to hit the province on Monday afternoon.

As of 12.:45 p.m. Monday, seven schools in four municipalities in the province reported 198 families that are temporarily housed under their roofs, the Department of Education Sorsogon Division said.

These are Bulusan National High School in Bulusan town, 40; Bagacay National HS in Gubat town, 50; Bonifacio Elementary School in Gubat, 50; Gubat National HS, 35; Aguinaldo ES in Gubat, 3; San Rafael ES in Prieto Diaz town, 15; and Lipaso ES in Pilar town, 5 families.

Typhoon Nona is expected to make a landfall in Gubat on Monday afternoon.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said thousands of families have been evacuated to various evacuation camps in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon.

Bernardo Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director and concurrent RDCC chairperson, said the massive pre-emptive evacuation activities have been going on since Sunday.

Alejandro said that the RDCC expects to move out some 37,436 families or 118,473 individuals living in coastal villages prone to storm surge in the towns of Bulan, Bulusan, Magallanes, Sta Magdalena and Prieto Diaz.

He said forced evacuation is also being implemented in the Camarines provinces though his office is still waiting for their respective reports.

In Albay, Gov. Joey Salceda said as of 12 noon Monday, the on-going preemptive evacuation has placed under safer grounds some 22,752 families or 115,916 persons or 17 percent from the projected 133,000 families living in storm surge, flood and landslide-prone areas.

Salceda said initially affected by the massive evacuation were residents living in coastal, low-lying villages in the towns of Daraga, Guinobatan, Tiwi, Oas, Libon, Sto. Domingo, Manito and Polangui.

“We are still waiting for reports from other towns and cities,” he said.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Bicol said that as of 10 a.m. Monday, there were 1,052 passengers stranded in the ports of Albay (334), Sorsogon (601), Masbate (107) and Catanduanes (10), while 212 trucks, buses and cars were likewise stranded in these ports.

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol said that all government hospitals across the region were on Code Red.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Nona would make a landfall over Sorsogon early tonight, then cross Albay and Burias Island. (PNA)

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