THOUSANDS of families in Western Visayas region were evacuated on Friday as the region braces itself for the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan).
The evacuation took place as Yolanda made its first landfall in Guiuan town, Eastern Samar province on Friday dawn and began battering the Eastern Visayas region with heavy rains and strong winds of up to 275kph.
Western Visayas police director, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said the evacuation of thousands of families in the region is part of their precautionary and safety measures against the powerful howler.
Super typhoon Yolanda was described by US experts as a Category 5 typhoon and is so far the strongest weather disturbance to hit the country in 2013.
The police official said that as of 11am, a total of 1,651 families or 7,529 persons in Aklan province; 1,286 families or 5,601 persons in Antique province; 418 families or 1,965 persons in Capiz province and 297 families or 904 persons in Guimaras province have been evacuated.
While in Iloilo province, about 463 families or 1,599 persons; 1,755 families or 7,819 persons in Negros Occidental province; 1,002 families or 5,065 persons in Bacolod City and 144 families or 396 persons in Iloilo City have been evacuated, the police official said. ANTHONY VARGAS