Basyang: Forced evacuation in Surigao del Norte villages
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – While many provinces in Mindanao are still recovering from the devastation brought by Tropical Depression Agaton this month, thousands of residents are again preparing for the worst as Tropical Storm Basyang slowly moves closer to Mindanao.
The provincial government of Surigao del Norte has issued an advisory for forced evacuation in high-risk areas in all towns in the province. (READ: Basyang intensifies; Sign No. 2 in 13 areas)
"The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRC) headed by governor Sol Matugas issued advisory for forced evacuation for residents in high-risk areas to storm surge flashflood and landslides," said Gilbert Gonzales of the PDRRC.
Gonzales added that 10 sacks of rice will be prepositioned per local government unit in Siargao where Basyang is expected to make landfall.
Gonzales said there is so far no flooding in the province.
The Philippine Information Agency in Caraga said Agusan del Norte is presently experiencing moderate rains while all roads in Surigao del Sur are still passable. Butuan City's responders are now on alert.
At least 6,798 families or 26,435 persons evacuated in Surigao del Note after Agaton devastated the province with about P93 million worth of damage to properties and agricultural products. – Rappler.com