The city that suffered from the ravage of Tropical Storm “Sendong” in December 2011 is not taking second chances. Around 36 evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City swelled with evacuees late Monday night (December 3), as residents braced themselves for the fury of Typhoon “Pablo.” Those able to afford it sought refuge in hotels and inns. In other parts of Mindanao, at least 7,000 residents in Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Surigao del Sur have been evacuated to safer ground, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported. Local government units had set up by Monday night 972 evacuation centers. In Cagayan de Oro, evacuation centers able to take in 80,000 residents from danger zones were prepared by the city’s disaster team. In 2011, the damage caused by Sendong was estimated by the NDRRMC at close to P1 billion, with damage to infrastructure accounting for the bulk. It affected close to 350,000 people in 13 provinces, leaving over a thousand dead.
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