LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 25 (PNA)--Evacuation of over a million persons living in flood, landslide and storm surge prone areas in Albay have been stepped up to meet its 2 p.m. deadline today, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said today.
As of 12 noon Sunday there were 12,855 families or 64,276 persons who have initially moved out to designated evacuation camps, according to Cedric Daep, PDRRMC executive officer.
Daep, in an interview, said the initial evacuation report came from the towns of Polangui, Pio Duran, Malinao and Legazpi City.
He said "we are expecting reports to come in this afternoon before the given deadline."
Daep expressed optimism that the evacuation would be carried out smoothly even if it is Christmas day.
He added they have also evacuated hundreds of passengers stranded in parts of Tabaco City and Pio Duran town.
Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara on Saturday ordered the mandatory evacuation of 207,774 families or 3.7 million individuals living in 1,545 villages prone to flooding, landslides, lahar flows and storm surge.
As of Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 4 for Catanduanes, TCWS No. 3 for Burias Island in Masbate, Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, and TCWS No. 2 for Masbate, includng Ticao Island, and Sorsogon. (PNA)