A total of 43,831 families or 218,073 persons from Regions V and VII have been pre-emptively evacuated as typhoon "Nina" (international name Nock-ten) pummels Bicol and nearby regions, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
This was disclosed by NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad in the agency's situational update Sunday night.
In line with "Nina" contingency measures, the Lucena-based Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) has directed all units to coordinate with the regional and local disaster risk response management councils for possible precautionary and support measures.
SOLCOM covers the Southern Luzon and Bicol provinces, areas now being hit by "Nina".
Jalad said all disaster response units of SOLCOM, including medical teams and emergency equipment, were alerted for deployment in landslide and flood areas for evacuation and road-clearing missions.
In a bulletin issued 5 a.m. Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said "Nina" is already 85 kilometers north of Romblon, Romblon, crossing marine channel Mompog Pass. It continues to move west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The typhoon now has maximum winds of up to 150 km/h (from 175 km/h) and gustiness of up to 250 km/h (from 290 km/h) - weaker but still strong.
Source: Philippines News Agency