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Albay Gov. Bichara orders evacuation of families living in ‘critical areas’ for floods, landslides

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The Albay Provoncial Government has ordered local government units to evacuate the residents living in critical areas as the province experienced torrential rains due to the tail of cold front.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara issued the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Advisory 2 today following the heavy rains in Bicol Region.

Bichara also chairs the PDRRMC.

“Albay has experienced heavy to torrential rainfall yesterday and until today due to Tail End of Cold Front that affected the Bicol region. The 24 hour rainfall measurement of PAGASA Legazpi as of this advisory had reached 164.4mm this morning and the cumulative rainfall for the past 4 to 5 days had reached 242 mm.,” the advisory read.

The governor said that it signified “threshold to flood, landslide and flashflood.”

The PDRRMC therefore ordered the following for disaster avoidance:

* Evacuation by the concerned LGUs of vulnerable population for critical areas for landslides, flood and flashflood;

* Avoidance of artificial pool of waters and no crossing the swollen river;

* Small type of sea crafts are advised not to venture to open sea;

* The head of offices with personnel who can’t report to office due to heavy flooding are recommended excused. Appropriate certification as required shall be issued by APSEMO upon request.

Bichara earlier issued Advisory No. 1, which placed the province under yellow warning.

The province recently felt the wrath of tropical storm Urduja, which caused suspension of classes in the province.

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