#YolandaPH: At least 3,099 families evacuated in Masbate
MANILA, Philippines – At the height of Typhoon Yolanda on Friday, November 8, at least 3,099 families or 15,718 individuals were evacuated in Masbate City, the Masbate Provincial Police Office told Philippine News Agency.
One person was reported dead due to electrocution while at least one was injured, a Facebook post from Masbate City's official newsletter, Serbidor, said, quoting the Masbate Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).
Masbate was one of the provinces located in Yolanda's path of destruction. (READ: Some of PH's poorest provinces along Yolanda's path)
As early as Thursday afternoon, authorities began the preventive evacuation of residents, PNA said. The province was placed under storm warning signal number 4 early morning Friday.
By 5 pm, the state weather bureau had lowered the storm warning signal over Masbate Islands to number 2.
At least 3,645 families or 20,541 Masbate residents were affected by the supertyphoon as of 11 am, the PDRRMC said.
As the weather improved, people in evacuation centers were starting to go home, a report from the Philippine Information Agency said.
But the entire Masbate Island continues to be shrouded in darkness after Typhoon Yolanda toppled a number of power distribution poles, according to PIA. – Angela Casauay/Rappler.com