More than 3,000 people evacuated due to ‘Samuel’

Published November 20, 2018, 6:37 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Aaron Recuenco

Authorities have evacuated almost 3,000 people in Central Visayas and the Caraga region as preemptive measures against landslides and flashfloods over the threat of tropical depression ‘Samuel’ which is expected to hit the Visayas and Mindanao.

A total of 2,503 people were moved to evacuation centers in Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Island following the advice of local disaster management officials which were implemented by the local government units, according to the local police.

In Dinagat Island, the evacuees are from nine barangays of the towns of Loreto, San Jose, Dinagat and Basilica. They were moved to schools which are the usual evacuation centers.

In Surigao del Norte, eight barangays were projected to be directly affected by the weather disturbance which prompted local officials to implement the preemptive evacuation.

The biggest number of evacuees at the Caraga region is from Surigao del Sur with 262 families or 1,346 individuals coming from six barangays from the towns of Cagwait, Hinatuan and Carrascal.

In Bohol, 472 people were evacuated while 16 other persons were moved to safer grounds in Cebu.

Tropical depression ‘Samuel’ was spotted some 960 kilometers east of Hinatuan town of Surigao del Sur and is expected to unleash strong winds and heavy downpour.

The weather disturbance is expected to hit the land mass near the Dinagat Island, Samar and Leyte areas.

As another preemptive measure, passenger ships and other seacrafts were no longer allowed to sail.

A total of 68 persons were stranded in the Caraga region while almost 1,500 other passengers in the seaports of Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental.

Authorities are eyeing a zero casualty goal amid the series of deaths, mostly due to landslides, from the two recent weather disturbances that hit the northern part of the country in the past few months.