TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by B/Gen. Bernard Banac, deployed 100 personnel under the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) to the areas badly affected by tropical depression ‘Agaton’.
These police personnel will be deployed mostly in Leyte’s hard-hit areas like Abuyog and Baybay City, considered as the ‘ground zero’ of the typhoon marked with deadly flooding and landslide incidents that killed several villagers.
Among the worst-hit villages of the city were Gaas, Villa Soledad, Kan-ipa, Kantagnos, Punta, Santa Cruz, Mailhi, Bobon, Gakat, and Maypatag which were mostly hit by the deadly mud and boulder slides.
Aside from the local and police, helping the search and retrieval operations are soldiers belonging to the 802nd Infantry Brigade headed by Col. Noel Vestuir.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the regional PNP reported of 181 evacuation centers are occupied by 1, 515 families or 5, 703 individuals in the city.
Aside from the reported deaths in Baybay City, the PRO8 also recorded one casualty due to drowning from Barangay  Caranas, Motiong, Samar, identified as Jesus Abanes, 74.
At least 138 individuals were also rescued by the PNP from four rescue operations they conducted.
Police personnel in  Eastern Visayas also conducted clearing operations and relief distributions. (ROEL T. AMAZONA