Thousands in Luzon flee ahead of Tisoy landfall


Posted at Dec 02 2019 08:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 02 2019 11:36 AM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - Hundreds of thousands of residents have been evacuated early Monday as Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) threatens to pummel Luzon during the country's hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

In Catanduanes, which has been placed under wind signal no. 3 or the third highest in a level of five, some 1,500 families or 7,300 individuals have been evacuated, according to local disaster official Gerry Beo.

"Malawak 'yung diameter niya (bagyo). Andun na kami halos sa gilid kaya medyo nararamdaman na namin 'yung hangin at ulan," he told radio DZMM.

Meantime, more than 100,000 individuals were evacuated in Albay, local disaster official Cedric Daep said.

"Karamihan galing sa areas na threatened ng lahar from the river channels ng Mayon Volcano," he said. "Bukod po dun sa mage-evacuate dahil sa threat ng flood, storm surge, at landslide."

Daep said the disaster office advised residents over the weekend to prepare for the typhoon to not cause panic buying.

In Guinobatan town, 1,384 families or 4,972 individuals have been evacuated due to the threat of lahar flow, its Mayor Gemma Onjoco said.

In Guinobatan town, Albay, some 1,384 families have been evacuated due to the threat of lahar flow, its Mayor Gemma Onjoco said. ABS-CBN News

Some 5,997 persons were also evacuated from 11 towns in Camarines Norte, local disaster public information officer Eric Ferrer said.

"Medyo masama na po ang panahon natin, nararamdaman na po ang malamig na hangin at patak-patak na ulan," he told radio DZMM.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall over Catanduanes or Albay between Monday night and early Tuesday, PAGASA said.

The provinces have been placed under wind signal no. 3, which warns of 121 to 170 kph winds, prompting several local governments to suspend classes and work.

PAGASA earlier said the typhoon will follow a similar track as storms Glenda and Reming, which left scores dead several years ago.

In July 2014, Typhoon Glenda made landfall over Albay and left 106 dead, 1,250 injured and P38.6 worth of damage, PAGASA earlier said.

Kammuri will also hit the same areas where Typhoon Reming in December 2006 left 734 dead and injured 2,360. Reming was packing 190 kph top sustained winds and 225 kph gusts when it made landfall, PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said.

--With a report from Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News