LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) - - A total of 29,388 families or 109,815 individuals were evacuated as Typhoon 'Bising' (Surigae) brought heavy rain in Bicol region, the Office of Civil Defense Bicol reported on Monday, April 19.
The governors of Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur enforced on Sunday, April 18, preemptive evacuation among their constituents in preparation for the typhoon.
Gremil Alexis Naz, OCD Bicol spokesperson, said that according to the report of Coast Guard Bicol at 8AM there are 959 stranded passengers, three buses, 227 trucks, 94 cars, seven sea vessels, and 27 small boats that were grounded at the ports of Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Masbate, and Catanduanes.
On Friday, the Philippine Coast Guard canceled sea travels in various ports as a pre-emptive measure to prevent the danger of rough seas brought by the typhoon.
Naz said that there are aerial assets on standby to provide assistance at the Tactical Operations Group-5 of the Philippine Airforce.
"In case po magkaroon ng heavy damages sa provinces ay nandyan po ang ating aerial assets para mabilis tayong makapunta sa affected provinces (In case we will have heavy damages in the provinces, we have our aerial assets so we can immediately go to the affected provinces)," he said.
As of Monday, the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH) reported that all national roads and bridges are passable.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Bising was 235 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10AM on Monday.
The typhoon maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h as it inches north northwest. (PIA)