Thousands of families evacuated in Bicol due to ‘Rolly’; 2.5 million expected to be moved to safer areas

Published October 31, 2020, 9:52 PM

by Niño Luces

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-Bicol reported that thousands of families were evacuated from their homes, Saturday night, as typhoon “Rolly” (international name: Goni) made its way to the region.

OCD Bicol spokesperson Gremil Naz said that as of 8 p.m., Saturday, there was an initial 4,890 families or 17,561 persons, who were evacuated.

He said that they were expecting more than 500 thousand families to be taken to different evacuation centers.

“Worst case scenario projection of evacuees is 570,000 families or 2,500,000 persons. Yan po yung projected po natin na number,” Naz said.

Naz also said that there were 1,012 passengers stranded in different ports in Bicol. These were from one bus, 419 light vehicles, three vessels and two motorized boats.

In Albay province, villages near the slope of Mayon Volcano were evacuated as early as Saturday noon.

Mayor Gemma Ongjoco of Guinobatan town, residents living in areas of Barangays Maninila andTandarora were evacuated to the town proper.

In Building 1 of Guinobatan Central School, at least 1,000 families occupied the classrooms.