CamSur gov’t evacuates over 73,000 residents

NAGA CITY---The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Camarines Sur said it evacuated some 17,000 families before Typhoon “Quinta” hit the province with its maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 180 kph on Sunday evening, Oct. 25.

Estel Estropia, PDRRMC information officer, told Bicol Mail that there were 17,659 families in the province living in flood, flash flood, storm surge, and landslide-prone areas who were evacuated by authorities prior to the typhoon.

She said the families were composed of 73,306 individuals who were temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers.

Estropia said the towns in the province affected by flooding were the towns of Del Gallego, Lupi, Minalabac, Pasacao, Canaman, Pili, Lagonoy, Balatan, and Buhi.

She said the 50 percent maximum capacity of evacuation centers were strictly implemented as directed by Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte.

Minimum health standards were also implemented among he evacuees such as physical distancing and wearing of facemasks.

ALWAYS READY. Gov. Migz Villafuerte responded immediately in the aftermath of Typhoon Quinta and directly supervised the distribution of relief packs to the hardest-hit barangays of Camarines Sur. The whole week will be about extending relief and assistance to affected families and also for preparation for another incoming typhoon. Pgomultimedia/mmec10282020 with photos from fb_GovMigzVillafuerte