By Niño Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – At least 2,191 families or 7,803 individuals were evacuated as Tropical Depression “Amang” threatened the province.
Dr. Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) said that at least 707 families or 2,973 individuals were evacuated due to landslide, while 1,484 families or 4,830 individuals were evacuated due to floodings as of 11 a.m. Monday.
“Those who were evacuated due to landslide are from Tiwi, Albay, while there are also families evacuated due to lahar, especially in Guinobatan town,” Daep said.
Daep said that at least 301 families or 797 individuals were evacuated in Malinao town; 10 families or 54 individuals in Manito town; 22 families or 70 individuals in Camalig town; 867 families or 2,948 individuals in Guinobatan town; 145 families or 468 individuals in Libon; 88 families or 325 individuals in Ligao City and 51 families ot 238 individuals in Oas town.
He said the evacuees were taken to at least 44 identified evacuation centers.
Daep told the Manila Bulletin that as of Monday, the threat of Tropical Depression “Amang” was still present, and Albayanos should prepare.
“Papalapit pa lang yung ulan sa atin, hindi pa rin tumatama habang papalapit ito sa atin, dahil umakyat na ang movement ng Tropical Depression “Amang” na pwedeng maging low pressure, so baka makaranas tayo ng malakas na ulan dito sa low pressure. So maintain yung order to evacuate based dun sa advisory number 1, at maintain din yung advisory para sa suspension ng classes until lifted. Kung mag-improve ang weather, ngayong hapon pwede ng i-lift yung advisory, kung hindi mag-improve, baka bukas na hapon i-lift. Hindi po tayo nakakasiguro, magde-depende pa rin tayo sa mga datus na nakukuha natin sa Pagasa,” Daep explained.