Albay governor orders evacuees to decamp from shelters

With the improved weather condition and subsequent lowering of tropical cyclone warning signals in the Bicol provinces for typhoon Nina, Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara, who is also chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), has directed the decampment of all evacuation shelters as there are no longer threats from the weather disturbance.

In PDRRMC's advisory No. 6 issued Monday morning, Bichara ordered the decampment of all evacuation shelters in the province except for those with damaged houses that were declared unfit for occupancy and those still affected by flood.

The advisory has also declared the phasing out of the "Emergency Response and Phasing In" plan and the phasing in of the "Recovery and Rehabilation" plan of the entire disaster response team in the province.

In Libon town, at least 6,000 evacuees will still remain in evacuation centers for three more days due to flooding. Residents of the town remain isolated with floodwaters submerging main roads going to neighboring towns.

Bichara has also ordered the immediate provision of relief goods and other essential needs to affected residents of Libon.

Since Friday, he has been ordering the evacuation of around 181,011 persons who are most likely to experience hazard threats such as floods, landslides, lahar flows and storm surges due to typhoon Nina.

Bichara also ordered all local government units (LGU) to form a team that will assess the damage due to the typhoon. The team shall be composed of LGU representatives engaged in agriculture, social services, engineering and health concerns.

Source: Philippines News Agency