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NDRRMC: CamSur eyes preemptive evacuation

In the wake of floods and landslides that have hit the Bicol Region, officials in Camarines Sur are planning a possible preemptive evacuation of families in 26 towns. On Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the province's disaster management officials are anticipating more floods and landslides there. "No fishing activity (is allowed) in Siruma (town) and no land transportation (was possible there) since Wednesday due to heavy rains. Food packs were delivered (there) for distribution to affected families," the NDRRMC said in its 6 a.m. Monday update. It identified the towns where possible preemptive evacuation operations may take place as Baao, Balatan, Buhi, Bula, Iriga City, Libmanan, Lupi, Minalabac, Pamplona, San Fernando, Sipocot, Sangay, Caramoan, Lagonoy, Garchetorena, Presentacion, Bato, Canaman, Milaor, Naga City Nabua, Pili, Ragay, San Fernado, Siruma and Tinambac. At least 2,000 food packs had been prepared for distribution and 2,000 sacks of rice stockpiled in Siruma town. But in Sorsogon, all family evacuees had decamped and returned to their homes, and all evacuation centers have been closed. In Albay, 22 evacuation centers remained open and are serving 1,371 families or 6,016 people in Daraga, Malilipot, Manito and Sto. Domingo towns, and Legazpi City. Health authorities in Bicol intensified their dissemination of health advisories on water sanitation, leptospirosis and household water disinfection in evacuation centers. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC's 6 a.m. update said the floods had affected 213,264 families or 1,120,685 people in 1,073 villages in 124 towns and 10 cities in 21 provinces. Some 4,200 families or 17,584 people are still staying in 71 evacuation centers. The death toll remained at 33, with eight injured and seven missing. Damage to property was estimated at P752.271 million, including P158.902 million in agriculture and P593.337 million in infrastructure. In Eastern Visayas, San Jose de Buan town in Western Samar is not accessible by land due to landslide and damaged bridges. But floodwaters in Oras, Dolores, Can-avid and Taft and in Maslog and Jipapad, Eastern Samar have already subsided. — RSJ, GMANews.TV