100,000 Albay residents ordered to flee 'Pedring'

Posted at 09/26/11 5:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Over 100,000 residents living in low-lying areas of Albay province have been advised to seek higher ground before typhoon "Pedring" makes landfall.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the entire province was placed under Alert Status last September 23, which started counter measures such as evacuation plans and preparations for flood, landslide and lahar-prone barangays.

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said the evacuation of the people – all from the towns of Libon, Oas, Polangui, Malinao and Rapu-rapu – are part of the measures being adopted by provincial disaster and relief officials to mitigate the effects of Pedring.

Classes in elementary and secondary levels have been suspended in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes in Region V.

The NDRRMC earlier ordered the pre-emptive evacuation of residents of low-lying areas that are on the path of typhoon Pedring.

Families in mountainous areas are also advised to evacuate due to threat of possible landslides.

Meanwhile, 6 fishermen from Barangay Caranan, Pasacao, Camarines Sur were reported missing since 7 p.m. Sunday.

The missing are: Leopoldo Nidea, Doikyam Degula, Oliver Degula, Francis Basqouinia, Danila delos santos and Domingo Harold.

Pedring is expected to be in the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora on Tuesday morning.