Albay braces for 'Amang' downpour

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara through its Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Officer Cedric Daep convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to discuss preparatory moves to prevent casualties.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) — Several cities and municipalities in Albay province have issued measures to prepare for heavy rainfall due to Tropical Depression "Amang."

The municipalities of Tiwi, Polangui, Guinobatan, Sto. Domingo and Libon have ordered a preemptive evacuation for residents in landslide and flood-prone areas, river banks, road cuts, fissures, embankments and coastal zones.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara through its Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Officer Cedric Daep convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to discuss preparatory moves to prevent casualties.

In a text message, Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva said the barangays to be evacuated include Mayong, Dapfap, Misibis, Maynonong, Joroan, Lourdes, Sugod, Naga, Cale, Tigbi, Baybay, Bagumbayan and Nagas.

Classes in all levels have also been suspended in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur as an added precautionary measure. 

Weather officials said "Amang" will bring moderate to heavy rainfall to the Bicol Region particularly in Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate from Sunday to Monday. 

READ: TD 'Amang' to make landfall in Surigao del Norte, signal no. 1 up in some areas

Local governments are aiming for zero casualty following the onslaught of Tropical Depression Usman last month, which left more than 100 dead and damage to agriculture worth ₱801 million. 

READ: 'Usman' death toll climbs to 126

Albay-based journalist Rosas Olarte contributed to this report