Hundreds of residents in Central Luzon evacuate to safer areas

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: Hundreds of families in Central Luzon particularly those living in the flood and landslide prone areas were evacuated to ensure their safety as the effect of typhoon Glenda started to be felt in most parts of the region.

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The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said that pre-emptive and forced evacuation were implemented by the local officials and disaster councils to those in the coastal and low-lying areas in the region’s seven provinces.

A total of 78 families or 390 individuals from the coastal barangays Ibuna and Aplaya in Dingalan, Aurora were transferred to evacuation centers.

In Zambales, 13 families or 54 individuals from the towns of Castillejos and Sta Cruz in Zambales were also evacuated to safer grounds.

A total of 47 families or 187 individuals in the landslide-prone Barangay San Juan Bano in Arayat, Pampanga were also evacuated.

A forced evacuation, on the other hand, were enforced in the coastal towns of Masantol, Macabebe, Lubao and Sasmuan, also in Pampanga.

In Bulacan, 48 families or 198 individuals from barangay Salambao in Ubando town were evacuated to two national high schools in the area that served as evacuation centers.

Residents in the coastal town of Limay in Bataan were also forcibly evacuated on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, electric power interruption were also being experienced in some parts in the region due to strong winds brought by typhoon Glenda.

Ernest Lorenz B. Vidal, Central Luzon corporate communications and public affairs officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said, their team is now working to restore power transmission services to Pampanga Electric Cooperative-3 (PELCO-3).

Reports indicate that Mexico-PIMU 69kv line tripped off at around 3:44 a.m. Wednesday. PNA

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