Close to 2K individuals evacuated due to 'Quinta'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25)— More than a thousand individuals were preemptively evacuated over the weekend due to severe tropical storm Quinta (international name: Molave).

A total of 1,789 individuals or 532 families were evacuated from Guinobatan, Albay and Canaman, Camarines Sur, reported Mark Timbal, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson, at around noon on Sunday.

Citing the Calabarzon Regional DRRMC, Timbal said 662 persons were left stranded in various sea ports.

Meanwhile, clearing operations were conducted along the Calbayog-Catarman Road at Barangay Nabang in Calbayog City due to a minor landslide. Two lanes were already made passable to motorists. No persons were reported injured.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend, Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua said their provincial government is on standby for risk assessment and rescue operations due to Quinta. Over 2,000 food packs were also prepositioned ahead of its landfall.

Quinta is expected to make landfall over the Catanduanes-Albay-Sorsogon area on Sunday afternoon or evening, PAGASA said, adding that it may even intensify into a severe tropical storm prior to landfall.

As of 2 p.m., Quinta continues to gather strength as it nears land.

A total of 17 areas in Luzon and Visayas are now under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 due to the weather system.