President Aquino well-aware of Bicol flooding, says Palace spokesperson

February 18, 2012 12:22 am 

MANILA, Feb. 17 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has been getting updates from concerned government agencies about the flooding in Bicol region that already displaced thousands of people, his spokesperson said on Friday.

“President Aquino is being regularly updated on the actions done by the concerned government agencies. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), in coordination with the LGUs (local government units), conducted preemptive evacuation in four areas in Albay.

Classes were suspended early yesterday,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a message sent to the members of the media.

“As of today, Polangui is the only area which remains flooded and the NDRRMC is providing the necessary assistance to affected residents.”

Continuing rains submerged some areas in Bicol region over the weekend affecting residents of Camarines Sur and Albay.

Early this week, authorities prevented all small vessels from sailing out to sea and ordered class suspensions in preschools particularly in Albay. Some flights to Naga City and from Manila were also canceled.

It was reported that in Albay, 3,500 people were moved away from flooded low-lying areas in three towns. Local Albay officials placed the damage to agriculture to around P8.6 million after the flood affected 220 hectares of farm land. (PNA)

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