Over 10K per­sons evac­u­ate as ‘Rosita’ whips Lu­zon

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OVER 10,000 in­di­vid­u­als were pre-emp­tively evac­u­ated in the ar­eas fore­cast to be bat­tered by Typhoon Rosita (in­ter­na­tional name Yutu), the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) said on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

In a press con­fer­ence, NDRRMC spokesper­son Edgar Posadas said a to­tal of 10,122 per­sons or 2,928 fam­i­lies have been stay­ing in 78 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters since Sun­day in the prov­inces of La Union, Ca­gayan, Is­abela, Au­rora and Benguet.

Posadas said over 12 mil­lion peo­ple or 2.4 mil­lion fam­i­lies are ex­pected to be af­fected by Rosita in Ca­gayan Val­ley, Ilo­cos, Cen­tral Lu­zon and Cordillera re­gions.

“Re­gion 2 ap­pears (to have) the high­est num­ber of dis­placed pop­u­la­tion at this time, 2101 fam­i­lies or 7343 in­di­vid­u­als in 31 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters,” he said.

The NDRRMC also re­ported that 30 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights were can­celled while 1,937 pas­sen­gers were stranded in sea ports due to can­celled trips of 189 rolling cargo ves­sels, 11 pas­sen­ger ves­sels and one mo­tor­banca.

Posadas said a fish­er­man in Perez, Que­zon went miss­ing on Mon­day.

“For val­i­da­tion, we have one re­ported miss­ing case in Perez, Que­zon, due to the cap­siz­ing of a fish­ing boat. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at 4 a.m. yes­ter­day,” he said.

Posadas said the NDRRMC re­mains on red alert sta­tus to en­sure avail­abil­ity of op­er­a­tions alert teams to re­spond to emer­gen­cies 24/7.

He said four search-an­dres­cue heli­copters from the Philip­pine Air Force, an am­bu­lance, mil­i­tary trucks and emer­gency equip­ment were on stand-by.

“The NDRRMC has prepo­si­tioned com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment through our ATCTU, ito po ‘yung sin­abi natin ka­hapon just in case magka­roon ng bog down ito com­mu­ni­ca­tion ide-de­ploy natin sila agad to­gether with our Srr-re­trieval clus­ter,” said Posadas./sun­star Philip­pines

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