Polillo local government evacuates over 100 families due to ‘Karding’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — The local government of Polillo said it has initially evacuated 104 families, or more than 400 individuals, in preparation for the expected onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding.

Kanina po ay nag-order po kami ng evacuation sa ating mga barangay captains. Sa ngayon ay may naitala po sila — ito po ay unofficial pa at for updating pa — na 104 families sa iba’t-iba po naming mga assigned na evacuation centers,” Polillo mayor Angelique Bosque told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: We earlier ordered barangay captains to conduct evacuation. As of now, they have recorded — this is unofficial and still for updating — 104 families in different assigned evacuation centers.]

Signal No. 5 is currently hoisted in Polillo Island and other areas in Luzon. Bosque said strong winds and rains are currently being felt in their municipality, noting that a high tide and a simultaneous storm surge resulted in flash floods in some areas.

She also said some people who initially refused to evacuate later requested to be rescued.

Medyo hirap po (mag-rescue) dahil kasagsagan ng lakas ng hangin at dumilim na rin po dito at walang kuryente. Iniisip din po namin ‘yung safety ng aming rescue teams. Ina-assess po namin kung paano namin mapupuntahan ‘yung mga nagme-message sa amin para sila ay makapunta sa designated evacuation centers na malapit sa kanila,” she noted.

[Translation: We’re having a hard time rescuing because of strong winds, it has gotten dark already, and there’s no power. We’re also thinking about the safety of our rescue teams. We are assessing how we can assist those messaging us, so they can proceed to designated evacuation centers near them.]

Bosque said they are preparing food packs for distribution to affected residents. She appealed for assistance from the national government, although the mayor did not mention their specific needs.