Coastal villagers evacuated in Ilocos town as ‘Gorio’ exits PAR

LAOAG CITY — About 10 families living near the coastal village of Davila, Pasuquin town were evacuated to safe grounds on Saturday evening due to heavy downpour brought about by typhoon Gorio.

Adelfo Aguinaldo, village chief of Davila confirmed this on Sunday as they fear of possible storm surge.

He said several fishing boats in sitio Nagabongan stationed near the shoreline were damaged due to strong waves.

Though there is no typhoon signal in Ilocos Norte, the province is being pummeled by strong winds with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Residents are advised to stay alert and evacuate if necessary.

In an island sitio of Bungro, Pragata village, about 100 isolated familes are being rescued and evacuated at the Pasuquin Central School and at the municipal town hall, said Pasuquin mayor Ferdinand Aguinaldo.

In Laoag, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (CDRRMC) have already prepositioned heavy equipment in strategic places in case of emergency while the search and rescue team are currently on mobile patrol monitoring highly vulnerable areas.

As of now, the Padsan river is being closely monitored, said Dr. Melvin Manuel, head of the CDRRMC.

Earlier, the Laoag City government have pre-identified evacuation centers for coastal residents if the stormy weather intensifies.

Relief goods for calamity victims are also in place. LGA/