Landslide threat prompts evacuation in Samar village


TARANGNAN, Samar: The local government here enforced on Saturday a pre-emptive evacuation of 66 families living in landslide prone areas after days of heavy downpour in Samar province. Tarangnan disaster risk reduction and management officer Justo Derayunan said these families, consisting of 275 individuals from Baras village were moved to evacuation areas in neighboring villages. Baras village is an island, 45 minutes boat ride away from the town center. Derayunan said that on June 29, the landslide sensors installed in the village issued a rating of A2, indicating a critical ground movement in the last 24 hours. They were advised to prepare residents for evacuation. On Friday, the same sensor set up by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, issued A3 rating, indicating a critical underground movement and residents need to be evacuated. Derayunan said they had a hard time convincing some residents to leave the village.


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