A total of 1,625 barangay (villages) in different provinces have been considered as “critical areas” for landslides and flash floods as Typhoon Vinta make its landfall, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Thursday.

Romina Marasigan, NDRRMC spokesman, citing a report by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-MGB), said they might initiate forced and preemptive evacuations with consent from local government units (LGUS) in the provinces of Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Western Visayas, which the NDRRMC described as places with “very high susceptibility” to flooding and landslides.

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