In Ruby-hit areas, caves turn into evacuation centers
MANILA, Philippines – Caves in areas affected by Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) turned into evacuation centers on Saturday, December 6, as dozens of residents sought to keep themselves safe from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
Rappler's Project Agos volunteer, Anthony Esguerra, verified a report that residents used a cave in Palompon, Leyte, as an evacuation center as Ruby threatened their communities.
Police inspected this cave for unspecified reasons, according to the report.
In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, at least two caves also served as evacuation centers.
Families fled to the Tarambungan Cave in Pagnamitan and Sikob Cave in Sulangan, both in Guiuan, as early as Friday, December 5.
Millions of others sought shelter in churches, schools, and other makeshift evacuation centers as Ruby battered the Philippines.
Ruby is headed toward Masbate on Sunday, December 7, after it first made landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar. It expected to hit land 5 more times in Masbate, Romblon, and Oriental Mindoro until Monday.
The typhoon is expected to affect the Philippines' capital, Metro Manila, which the state weather bureau placed under Storm Warning Signal Number 1. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com