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Over 11,000 evacuate ahead of ‘Ulysses’

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More than 11,000 people have evacuated homes in Bicol and Calabarzon as typhoon “Ulysses” neared the already storm-battered regions Wednesday.

In Bicol alone, at least 3,195 families comprised of 11,088 people have gone to evacuation centers as of 12 p.m., regional police spokesperson Maj. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib.

Bicol is still recovering from the devastation wrought by back-to-back typhoon “Quinta” and super-typhoon “Rolly.”

More than 100,000 people were still displaced over the weekend as over 290,000 houses were destroyed by “Rolly” in Bicol alone, the Regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) unit reported.

The super-storm also hit Bicol with nearly P13 billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

Calabarzon, also still recovering from “Rolly,” recorded 379 evacuees in Binangonan, Rizal, as well as in Burdeos, Patnanungan, San Andres, Jomalig, Tagkawayan, and Buenavista towns of Quezon as of 1 p.m. today, reports from the OCD-4A and Quezon provincial police showed.

Evacuations are still ongoing in Agoncillo, Batangas, and several other parts of Quezon, regional OCD spokesperson Alex Masiglat said.

Some 55 persons were also evacuated in Pola, Oriental Mindoro, ahead of the storm, said Lt. Col. Imelda Tolentino, MIMAROPA regional police spokesperson.

In Metro Manila, the local government of Paranaque City also ordered a pre-emptive evacuation at areas at risk of flooding, landslides, and storm surges.

The National Police and Armed Forces alerted units for disaster response and ordered prepositioning of equipment in areas that may be hit, including Metro Manila.

Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, who just assumed leadership of the PNP on Tuesday, also police to provide assistance and security to evacuation centers and other temporary shelters where food donations from the force will also be prepositioned.

Ankle- to knee-deep floods are being experienced in Lopez, San Francisco, and Tagkawayan towns because of initial rains brought by “Ulysses,” the OCD-4A said.

A motorbanca also capsized in Atimonan on Wednesday morning, but the Coast Guard rescued all passengers, it added.

The center of “Ulysses” was spotted 100 kilometers north of Virac, Catanduanes, a of 10 a.m. today, state weather agency PAGASA reported.

The typhoon bears maximum sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 155 kph, while moving west northwestward at a speed of 20 kph, it said.

“Ulysses” is forecast to make landfall over Polillo Islands and mainland Quezon between Wednesday night and early morning Thursday. (John Roson)

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