18K folk evacuated in three Bicol provinces

By Mar S. Arguelles


Some 5,144 families or 18,197 people were evacuated to safer grounds on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the provinces of Masbate, Albay, and Sorsogon the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said.

Gremil Alexis Naz, OCD Bicol spokesperson, said as of 5:00 PM that day, Masbate was the hardest hit area by Typhoon Jolina with 1,755 families or 8,609 persons evacuated, followed by Albay with 926 families or 3,182 people and Sorsogon with only seven families or 36 people.


Typhoon Jolina that made landfall in Dimasalang town in Masbate province has spawned moderate to intense rains triggering floods affecting 42 low lying villages in the provinces of Masbate, Albay and Sorsogon.


Initial damage report indicated that 271 houses in Masbate were damage while power was restored in the island province except in the towns of Claveria and San Pascual. Masbate PDRRMO reported that P13.7 million worth of damages to fishing boats, equipment and fishponds. Masbate PDRRMO reported that P13.7 million worth of damages to fishing boats, equipment and fishponds.


Though spared by heavy rains and strong winds spawned by the typhoon, the Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO) said some 926 families or 3,182 persons threatened by flooding and landslide in five towns and in this city were evacuated to nearby evacuation centers.


Cedric Daep, APSEMO chief, said those evacuated were villagers living in low-lying communities in the towns of Manito, Camalig, Guinobatan, Oas and in this city.


Daep said no casualty was reported.


In Masbate, flooding were reported in 32 villages in the towns of Aroroy, Mobo, Esperanza, Palanas, Pio V. Corpuz, San Jacinto, Uson, and Masbate City. Flooding was also reported in the town of Juban in Sorsogon.