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Due to Paeng, 15K families were forced to leave Bicol

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On Saturday, a severe Tropical Storm named Paeng forced around 15,426 households or 72,089 people to flee their homes in the provinces of Masbate, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Naga City.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 5 (Bicol) spokeswoman, Gremil Alexis Naz, reported that as of 12 a.m. Saturday, Camarines Sur had the highest evacuees with 7,716 families (41,675 people), followed by Albay with 5,861 families (23,408 people), and Camarines Norte with 594 families (2,244 persons).

A total of 520 families (2,489 people) were found in Catanduanes, followed by 308 families (836 people) in Masbate, 290 families (1,024 people) in Sorsogon, and seven households in Naga City.

Additionally, 130 families (413 people) are sleeping outside of the evacuation facilities in shelters.

The weather disruption has left 2,426 people and 783 rolling cargoes trapped in the ports, and 685 people, 7 buses, 160 trucks, and 51 light vehicles were stranded along the Maharlika Highway leading to Matnog Port, according to Naz.

99 flooding events were reported by OCD-Bicol in Camarines Sur, Masbate, and Sorsogon.

San Jose, Presentation and Lupi towns in Camarines Sur, and Magallanes town in Sorsogon all reported landslides brought on by rain.

In Caramoan, Camarines Sur, it was claimed that local infrastructure had been damaged for PHP1.4 million.

In Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte, it was reported that 28 local roads, bridges, and spillways were impassable because of floods and overflow.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has given the evacuees in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Albay, and Catanduanes PHP609,970 in aid, including 986 family food packets.

The lifting of the work suspension was announced by Albay Governor Noel Rosal on Saturday “to permit uninterrupted services to the public and encourage continuing economic activity.”

According to the governor, all shopping centers, grocers, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, and neighborhood markets are also required to resume regular business hours.

Over Camarines Norte, the northern part of Camarines Sur, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 has been issued (Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Magarao, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Tigaon, San Jose, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Saglay, Ocampo, Pili, Bombon, Naga City, Del Gallego, Canaman, Camaligan, Milaor, Gainza, and Pamplona).

Over Albay, Sorsogon, the western and northern parts of Masbate, including the Ticao and Burias Islands, the remainder of Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes, TCWS No. 2 has been deployed.

Stormy Tropical Cyclone On Saturday, Paeng traversed Catanduanes’ southernmost point before coming to rest in Camarines Sur.

The center of Paeng was reportedly near Siruma, Camarines Sur, and was heading west-northwestward at 30 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA5 )’s a.m. weather bulletin.

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