• More than 35,000 evacuated, 1,000 stranded in Bicol ports


    The total number of persons evacuated in the towns of Pio Duran, Camalig, Daraga and Guinobatan in Albay has reached 35,182 while 1,146 passengers have been stranded in various ports in the Bicol region as of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday due to tropical storm “Glenda” that is expected to hit Albay Tuesday night.

    Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the evacuees were brought by local authorities to their respective designated evacuation centers to protect their affected constituents against flooding.

    In Pio Duran, 650 individuals are involved; Camalig, 7,250; Daraga, 24,535; and Guinobatan, 2,747.Other towns and cities have not yet submitted their reports to the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), Salceda said.

    The APSEMO estimated about 58,901 to be evacuated to safer areas, he added.

    Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) recorded 1,146 passengers stranded in various Bicol ports, mostly going to Samar and Catanduanes.

    In Tabaco City Port, there were 367 passengers reported as of Monday afternoon and Matnog Port, 725.

    The numbers are expected to increase this Tuesday as passenger buses coming from Metro Manila have been continuously arriving.

    The OCD has been continuously monitoring the situation in these areas, especially Albay and Sorsogon, as these provinces are expected to be along the path of Glenda. PNA


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