OCD lists 9,000 evacuees in Albay, Masbate due to ‘Ursula’

LEGAZPI CITY --- Almost 3,000 families or 9,000 individuals are currently still in various evacuation centers in the provinces of Masbate and Albay, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol said on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Claudio Yucot, OCD regional director said that as of 8 am on Thursday, there are still 2,051 families or 6,458 individuals living mostly in coastal villages in the 17 towns and Masbate City who still remained in various evacuation centers as theirs houses were either partially damage or destroyed due to Typhoon Ursula.

In Albay there are 739 families or 2,378 person from the towns of Guinobatan and Libon who are still in different evacuation centers.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bicol said that the cancellation of sea trips were lifted as of 5 PM on Christmas Day after typhoon signal was lifted by the government weather bureau.

The PCG as of 6 AM of Dec. 26 allowed 9,039 travellers, 1,166 trucks, buses and cars to board Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) vessels bound either for Masbate and Visayas.

Regular commercial flights in Legazpi, Naga and Virac airports were on schedule, except in Masbate where today’s Manila-Masbate-Manila flight was cancelled.