Congestion in evacuation centers remains amid decampment of residents beyond 8-km danger zone

UNTV

Legazpi, ALBAY — Amid the decampment of evacuees living beyond the 8-km extended danger zone last Friday, evacuees still feel they are like packed sardines at the evacuation centers in Albay.

According to Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), a classroom was supposed to contain a maximum of 10 families.

But most often, this exceeds to more than 20 families.

“Pag may congestion siyempre papasok ‘yung ibang problema ‘yung sakit, ‘yung problema sa sanitation nandoon pa rin,” said APSEMO chief Dr. Cedric Daep.

(If there’s congestion, of course, other problems will follow such as diseases and sanitation problems.)

Despite this, based on the reports from the municipal risk reduction and management offices in the whole of Albay, there are no difficulties in supplying and distributing relief goods in the province.

And to address the congestion problems, the provincial government requested UNICEF for a supply of 60-70 tents.

“Hindi kami naniniwala na within two weeks kung ibaba naman ‘yan ng PHIVOLCS sa alert level 3 may maiiwan pa rin pero hindi rin kami naniniwala na within two weeks ibaba na from alert level 3 to 2,” said the chief.

(We don’t believe that within two weeks if PHIVOLCS will ever downgrade alert level to 3, there will be people that will be left. But we also don’t believe that within two weeks it will be downgraded from alert level 3 to 2.)

Per the Office of Civil Defense Region 5, there are still more than 15,000 families or almost 58,000 individuals staying in 53 evacuation centers in the province.

The provincial government is currently coordinating with the municipal offices in Albay to respond to the needs of evacuees.

— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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