BALER, Aurora -- Thousands of residents sought safer grounds on Tuesday as Typhoon Rosita battered this province with torrential rains and strong winds.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported that a total of 3,155 families or 9,899 individuals have fled their homes.
“Some of them were preemptively evacuated and others by force as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 is up in northern Aurora, and Signal No. 2 in central and southern Aurora,” the PDRRMO said.
Acting Gov. Rommel Rico T. Angara said the highest number of evacuees was in Dilasag town with 1,294 families or 3,255 individuals.
This was followed by Casiguran town with 1,125 families or 3,724 villagers, Dinalungan town with 330 families or 1,648 persons, and Dingalan town with 249 families or 893 individuals.
The town of Dipaculao reported that 62 families or 124 villagers were brought to evacuation centers.
Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag in the northern part of Aurora were placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3.
In Baler, the capital town of Aurora, 55 families or 255 individuals are staying in designated evacuation centers.
There was no reported evacuee from the towns of San Luis and Maria Aurora.
The PDRRMO added that relief goods have already been distributed to the evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, roads in northern Aurora are now passable following the clearing operations conducted by DPWH, led by District Engineer Reynaldo Alconcel.
On the other hand, power remains on and off in the province.