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Catanduanes sends disaster response team in Albay

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A disaster response team from Catanduanes has been sent to Albay province to provide help in the health and water sanitation of the evacuees affected by Mt. Mayon’s eruptive activities.

The team was composed of a rescue group from the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office and WASH team from Virac Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office. They were sent by the Provincial Government last Jan. 19 to the province of Albay.

Cantanduanes Governor Joseph C. Cua sent the team to the neighboring province of Albay to go on a mission and “serve as augmentation to Albay for fourteen days.”

The team, according to Mr. Roberto V. Monterola, LDRRMO I, will conduct check-in procedure to Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office that will assign them to areas where they will treat water and distribute potable water.

The team also coordinated with the Department of Health Regional Office wherein they will use its dormitory as headquarter.

“The team is equipped with one rescue truck and one filtration machine capable of 70 liters per minute with chlorination and ultraviolet light that kills water bacteria, and a water tank,” the Catanduanes provincial government said.

Meanwhile, Monterola stressed that although the PDRRMO has filtration machine, “it lacks water tank and has no personnel who are expert in filtration system and water treatment, so he asked a team from Virac.”

Thousands of evacuees have fled their homes following the erruption of Mt. Mayon in the past few days. Alert Level 4 has already been raised over the volcano.