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PDRRMC CamSur on 24/7 watch as Typhoon Bising brings rain and possible flooding in coastal areas

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PDRRMC CamSur on 24/7 watch as Typhoon Bising brings rain and possible flooding in coastal areas

PILI, CAMARINES SUR (PIA) — Camarines Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) continue to keep its eye on evacuees and residents in coastal and flood-prone areas as Typhoon Bising brings rain to some parts of the province.

As of 5pm today, Sunday, PDRRMC has monitored 835 families (3,060 individuals) who evacuated from 16 barangays coming from 14 municipalities in the province.

Evacuees from Brgy. Paniman, Caramoan (Photo courtesy: PDRRMC CamSur/MDRRMC Caramoan/EDMERO)

LGUs who spearheaded the evacuation of their residents through their respective MDRRMCs include Libmanan, (Brgy. Cambalidio – 40 families, 70 persons); Pasacao (Brgy. Sta.Rosa Del Norte- 85 families, 327 persons); Bombon (San Isidro-1 family- 3 members); Calabanga (Brgy, Camuning-22 families,119 persons), and Ocampo (Brgy. Villaflorida-5 families,16 persons)

In Caramoan, evacuees from Barangays Guijalo (125 families,508 persons);Terogo (37 families,86 persons); Pandanan (22 families,100 persons); and Cabacongan (5 families, 25 individuals) were temporarily housed in various evacuation centers in the said municipality.

Four (4) barangays in the coastal town of Garchitorena also sent out some of its constituents in various evacuation centers to ensure their safety from storm surge and flooding.  Evacuees were from Barangays Binagasbasan ( 105 familes, 340 persons); Dangla (70 families,252 persons);Pambuhan (11 families,54 persons); and Brgy.3 (5 families,24 persons). 

A total of 22 families (57 persons) also evacuated in Goa, 14 families (23 persons) from Brgy. San Juan Evangelista and 8 families (34 persons) from Brgy. San Pedro.

Tinambac, also one of the coastal municipalities in the province, has a total of 197 families (720 persons) who evacuated from Barangays Salvacion, Poblacion (14 families, 52 persons); Tamban (105 familes,378 persons) and Bagacay (78 families, 290 persons) as strong wind was felt by residents living along the coastline.

An evacuee from Brgy. Pandanan, Caramoan, finds a corner inside a classroom as her temporary shelter from Typhoon Bising. (Photo courtesy: PDRRMC CamSur/MDRRMC Caramoan/EDMERO)

Other municipalities that conducted evacuation include Bato, (Brgy. Santiago- 28 families,150 persons); Buhi (Brgy. Ipil (38 families, 141 persons) and Iraya (4 families, 17 persons); and Nabua (San Antonio, Poblacion – one family with 2 members).

Out of 122 cargo trucks and private vehicles stranded at the border of Bato, Camarines Sur, 12 vehicles were assisted by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) to return to their points of origin.

Rapid antigen swab tests were conducted to 280 truck drivers and cargo helpers stranded at the Bato border as a result of the cancellation of trips to Visayas and Mindanao.

The antigen testing was done as a precautionary measure to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while they take temporarily shelter in Bato. Four (4) individuals yielded positive result with 13 identified close contacts. Those whose tested positive including their close contacts were brought to the provincially-managed quarantine facility and were subjected to RT-PCR test.

PDRRMC preparedness measures

A No Travel Advisory was immediately raised over the coastal areas in Camarines Sur, including the suspension of land and sea travel going to Visayas and Mindanao after Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Villafuerte issued a Blue Alert status through the issuance of Memorandum No. 1 on April 15 and Memo No. 2, placing the entire province on a Red Alert status on April 17.

The Provincial Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was immediately activated.

Weather forecasts, severe weather bulletins, and DOST-PAGASA flood advisories were continuously monitored and were disseminated to the public using various platforms (SMS, infolinks) especially on social media (facebook).

Members of the PDRRMC and C/MDRRMO stayed connected and updated thru the regular conduct of teleconferences and online daily meetings, even on weekends.   (PIA5/Camarines Sur)