21,125 evacuated as typhoon Quinta ravages Quezon

Published October 26, 2020, 12:58 PM

by Danny Estacio

LUCENA CITY– A total of 21,125 individuals were affected by typhoon Quinta, and were taken to 294 evacuation centers from the four districts of Quezon as announced by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), which is headed by Governor Danilo Suarez, on Monday.

In a meeting called by Suarez, it was reported that the evacuees came from 28 towns and the cities of Lucena and Tayabas. These included 5,825 families that have been evacuated before Typhoon Quinta landfall in the province as a pre-emptive measures of the provincial government.

In Lucena, two vehicles were pinned down by fallen trees, while the spillway in Barangay 5 was reported to have overflowed into the streets.

A PDRRMC summary said there was a total of 235 barangays affected in the whole province, most of them located in the southern part of Quezon.

Relief foods were distributed in evacuation centers in the towns of Catanauan. Mulanay and Gen. Luna from the district office of Quezon third district Representative Aleta Suarez.

In Mauban, an electric post and trees fell on the road, while a  house near a river was swept away.

The MDRRMO of Lucban town also started clearing operations in Barangay Nalunao to make roads passable anew.

A landslide occurred at a portion of the national road in Padre Burgos town, but this, too, has also been cleared for motorists passing through the Dolores-Tiaong road. The Dagatan-Putol road was also blocked by fallen trees.

In Gumaca, town, Mayor Webster Letargo reported that, as of Monday morning, roads leading to Barangay Pagsabangan, Barangay Bantad, Barangay Villa Fuerte, and Barnagay Gayagayaan were still flooded and not passable.

Suarez ordered the dispatched for the pre-positioning plan of the quick response of the PDRRMC       members composed of the Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO), Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army under Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), Quezon-PDRRMO and MDRRMO’s in areas where to be affected by the path of Typhoon Quinta, particularly in the Southern part of Quezon on Sunday.

There were 34 cargo vessels, which were stranded at the Dalahican Port in Lucena City, and two vessels in Infanta.

Major roads were passable, but some towns still no power, according to PDRRMO head Dr. Melchor Avenilla

Avenilla reported that, as of press time, rapid assessment was still ongoing to include the agriculture sector, as well as infrastructure, in the province.