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109,000 families evacuated as ‘Glenda’ nears Albay

Legazpi City, Albay – At least 109,671 families were evacuated by the provincial government of Albay as typhoon “Glenda” continues to move towards the Bicol Region.

After the emergency meeting held at the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol on Monday afternoon, Albay Governor Joey Salceda immediately ordered an evacuation of residents living at high risk areas.

According to Salceda, there are 57,421 families expected to be affected by flooding; 14,546 families expected to be affected by landslide; and 37,704 families to be affected by lahar flow in the 15 municipalities and three cities of Albay. These families will be evacuated to 45,323 targeted evacuation centers.

Salceda also ordered the suspension of work in government offices in Albay except those engaged in disaster response work like Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police,  Department of Health, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Food Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways and provincial engineering units.

Meanwhile, DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia said P2.5 million worth of rice stockpile has been prepositioned and now ready for withdrawal.

Garcia said Albay has an allocation of 698 sacks of rice, 120 sacks for Camarines Sur, 120 sacks for Camarines Norte, 150 sacks for Catanduanes, and 350 sacks for Masbate.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Bicol said at least 841 persons were stranded in different ports all over Bicol. PCG said 115 rolling cargoes, 9 vessels, 9 motorized banca were stranded while four vessels took shelter at Sula channel in Bacacay, Albay.