Local authorities in Biliran Island, Cebu
The local government of Buhisan, Cebu City held a pre-emptive evacuation of residents due to the threat of a possible landslide posed by Tropical Depression Samuel.
One hundred fifteen residents or 25 families were temporarily evacuated from the landslide-prone area.
“Ilalagay sila sa barangay hall sa Buhisan then some of the family members will be left behind sa kanilang mga residence,” said, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief Nagiel Bańacia.
Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is on red alert status.
Trips of ships remained cancelled.
“Continue pa rin yung cancellation of trips plus yun pong ating VTMS, yung vessel traffic monitoring system natin here in our headquarters also pronouncing or announcing the continuous cancellation ng trips natin. This is one way to reach and inform other vessels na bawal maglayag,” PCG Central Visayas Station spokesman LT Junior Grade Michael John Encina
Meanwhile, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Samar Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office has prepared a total of 360 food packs for affected families residing in flood and landslide-prone areas.
These include the towns of Gandara, Hinabangan, Sta. Rita, Calbiga, Calbayog, Catbalogan, San Jorge, Pinabacdao and Paranas.
Some areas in Biliran experienced power outages due to damaged power lines after fallen trees and posts.
“Wala pa po kaming naitalang na-landslide or flooding incidents pero sabi ko nga po kanina we are encouraging our local DRRM officers na sila po ay mag precautionary measures na po sa kaniya-kaniyang mga nasasakupan,” said Civil Defense Officer II Sher Rysiah Saises via phone patch.
The Office of Civil Defense said there are 348 stranded passengers and 140 stranded rolling cargos in various ports in the region such as Ormoc, Liloan, San Ricardo where trips were cancelled. — Archyl Egano | UNTV News & Rescue