Evacuation ordered in Albay, Catanduanes ahead of Ulysses' landfall

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Legazpi City, Albay (CNN Philippines, November 10) - Residents of critical areas in two Bicol provinces are being instructed to evacuate again, with Tropical Storm Uysses (international name: Vamco) seen to bring to the area heavier rains and stronger winds than earlier expected.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara, who also chairs the Bicol Regional Development Council, issued an advisory at 9 a.m., calling for preemptive evacuation to be completed by daytime Wednesday, as Ulysses is seen to intensify into a typhoon within 24 hours.

"The PDRRMC-Albay orders the evacuation of all vulnerable population threatened by flood, landslide, lahar, storm surge, and wind to safe public and private evacuation centers to be completed by daytime of November 10, 2020," the advisory said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council placed Bicol on red alert status, indicating that regular duty personnel and operations service alert teams are on 24/7 duty to respond to emergencies.

All types of coastal activities such as sailing or sea travel are prohibited, and the public is advised to secure essential provisions within the day.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) also urged residents in pre-determined lahar hazards from Mayon Volcano to be vigilant and be ready to evacuate since Ulysses is expected to bring prolonged and heavy rainfall that may cause lahars and sediment-laden streamflows.

The bulk of the erodible pyroclastic density current deposits are in the watershed areas of the Anoling, Miisi, Binaan, Mabinit, Buyuan, Lidong and Basud Channels. Meanwhile, older and erodible deposits also occupy the watershed on the eastern and western slopes.

These post threat to communities along the middle and lower slopes and downstream of these channels, since sediment, gravel and boulders brought down by lahars caused by Typhoons Quinta and Rolly are still clogging them, Phivolcs said.

Bichara also ordered an early dismissal of work on Wednesday, not later than 3 p.m., as well as the suspension of mall and other business activities "to allow the general public to prepare for the impending typhoon."

Some Albayanos were seen rushing to buy tarpaulins and other plastic sheets for additional protection at their already destroyed dwellings, while many were up on their roofs to repair damage by Super Typhoon Rolly. Others were looking at the dark skies, as the typhoon looms.

Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua also signed Memorandum order no. 0246, series of 2020, instructing all local chief executives in his province to conduct mandatory evacuation, specifically in coastal areas and those recently affected by the onslaught of Rolly.

Albay recorded 13, while Catanduanes reported 6 of the 25 fatalities after Rolly devastated the provinces along with other areas in Luzon and Eastern Visayas, disaster officials said Monday.

Both provinces are among the areas placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 as of the state weather bureau’s 5 p.m. bulletin.

READ: 5 areas under signal no. 2 as Ulysses further intensifies

CNN Philippines’ Glee Jalea contributed to this report.