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CamSur Gov. Villafuerte orders forced evacuation amid heavy rains in the province

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Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Villafuerte has ordered a forced evacuation for residents living in areas vulnerable to flooding due to the heavy rains in the province.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s 24-hour rainfall forecast, the province will experience light to occasionally moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms.

With these developments, the governor announced in his official Facebook page that all residents living in low-lying and landslide-prone areas will be “evacuated to safer grounds immediately.”

In his memorandum no. 2 issued early today, Villafuerte said that Camarines Sur is experiencing “heavy rains endangering communities from flooding and landslides.”

“You are hereby directed to undertake mandatory evacuation of all families living in flood prone and landslides areas to safer ground immediately…,” Villafuerte’s order to local chief executives read.

The governor also warned local leaders who would fail to comply with the memo could be liable under the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Act of 2010.

Moreover, Villafuerte also ordered the implementation of a no sailing policy. Other water related activities are also prohibited.

“SAILING, ISLAND HOPPING, AND OTHER WATER ACTIVITIES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED,” said Villafuerte.