Philippine tropical cyclones

Albay needs to evacuate 300,000 residents as Typhoon Ambo nears

Rhaydz B. Barcia
Albay needs to evacuate 300,000 residents as Typhoon Ambo nears

Residents in Barangay Maoyod, Legazpi City fix their houses before Typhoon Ambo hit in Albay province on Thursday midnight. The provincial government of Albay is evacuating 80,000 families or more 300,000 people on Thursday.

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Local disaster councils are advised to follow evacuation and health protocols the provincial government put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease

The provincial government of Albay sought to evacuate on Thursday, May 14, up to 80,000 families or over 300,000 residents living along its coasts and areas prone to flooding and lahar flows.

Typhoon Ambo (international name: Vongfong) made landfall on Eastern Samar around noontime on Thursday and was expected to reach the Bicol province late Thursday night.

“We need to evacuate about 80,000 families or over 300,000 individuals living in flood and lahar prone areas, low-lying, coastal, and mountainous areas prone to flooding, landslide and storm surges,” said Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) chief Cedric Daep.

He said cities and municipal disaster councils were ordered to complete evacuation of vulnerable residents by noon on Thursday.

Families in Albay province prepare for Typhoon Ambo.
Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Local disaster councils were also advised to follow evacuation and health protocols the provincial government put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

Residents were warned against possible storm surges. “All sea travels is prohibited and including all travels heading to Bicol specifically in Albay should be cancelled to prevent the big volume of people as precautionary measures,” Daep said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) also warned that prolonged and heavy rainfall may generate post-eruption lahar flows and sediment-laden streamflows from Mayon Volcano. – Rappler.com

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