Wed. May 19th, 2021

The threat of Typhoon Bising has forced the evacuation of at least 5,000 families in Catanduanes on Sunday.

(Photo Courtesy: Inquirer.net)

Roberto Monterola, chief of Emergency Operations Center of Catanduanes, said that as of 6 p.m., at least 112 families or 366 people were evacuated in Bagamanoc; 861 families or 3,052 people in Baras; 52 families or 230 people in Bato; 31 families or 119 people in Caramoran; 508 families or 2,002 people in Gigmoto; 32 families or 157 people in Pandan; and 200 families or 760 people in Panganiban.

Also, in San Andres, 67 families or 247 people were also evacuated; 629 families or 2,775 people in San Miguel; 15 families or 69 people in Viga; and 2,602 families or 9,372 people in Virac.

The total number of evacuated families was 5,109 families made up of 19,119 people, who mostly were from coastal and low-lying areas of the province that were prone to flash floods and storm surge.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Bising slightly weakened and is still being tracked to determine if it will bring heavy rains and floods to the islands.

PAGASA tracked Bising to be moving west-northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour (kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph.It is expected to be within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow and is forecast to leave PAR on Wednesday. SOVEREIGNPH

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