Zamboanga City to open new evacuation center
MANILA – The government of Zamboanga City on Thursday announced that it is opening another evacuation center due to the rising number of residents displaced by the standoff between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
"Another evacuation center is expected to open today due to mounting evacuees," Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said through the city government's official Twitter account.
The fighting has displaced at least 13,000 residents from at least 6 barangays raided by Nur Misuari-led MNLF men.
As of Wednesday, at least 9,000 evacuees are in Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Grandstand. The rest are taking shelter in various evacuation sites such as schools and churches.
Some evacuees are starting to get sick. The residents were particularly complaining of coughs and colds due to the cold weather and lack of roofing.
They were also complaining of lack of food and lack of proper sanitation.
More residents are expected to leave their homes as the fighting continues to escalate.
The standoff, which has already claimed at least 12 lives, is now on its fourth day.