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Forced evacuation ordered in towns of Bohol, Romblon as Yolanda moves closer


As Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) continued to move towards the Visayas area, forced evacuation of residents in potential danger zones was ordered in some areas of Bohol and Romblon provinces on Thursday.
 
In Bohol, Clarin town Mayor Allen Piezas ordered forced evacuation in coastal villages, state-run Philippine Information Agency's Central Visayas unit reported.
 
"TYPHOON ALERT BOHOL: LGU-Clarin Mayor issues forced evacuation in coastal barangays amidst Yolanda threat in Northern Bohol," PIA said on its Twitter account

Bohol is still reeling from a magnitude-7.2 quake that devastated Central Visayas last October 15.
 
In Romblon, meanwhile, forced evacuation was also ordered in Cajidiocan and Looc towns, the Romblon provincial government said.
 
Cajidiocan Mayor Festo Galang Jr. ordered the evacuation of residents whose homes are located near the sea, rivers and flood- and landslide-prone areas.

Typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippine area of responsibility at midnight Wednesday, and is expected to make landfall in Eastern Visayas on Friday.
 
Bohol folk urged to seek higher grounds
 
Elsewhere in Bohol, residents in coastal areas of Mabini town, especially Barangay Marcelo, were advised to proceed to evacuation areas.

In Maribojoc town, residents near Abatan River were advised to seek higher grounds due to an impending threat from Yolanda. 
 
In Cebu, Governor Hilario Davide III ordered the suspension of work at the capitol starting noon.
 
Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama ordered work suspended at City Hall starting Friday, the Philippine Information Agency reported. — RSJ, GMA News
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