TACLOBAN CITY- The city government of Catbalogan suspended classes in public and private schools from elementary, high school and tertiary level.
The suspension of classes was ordered by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan as most classrooms in the city are still being used by evacuees displaced by typhoon ‘Urduja’.
The City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) said that about 829 families or 3,157 individuals were evacuated to 18 evacuation centers, many were public schools.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) distributed relief goods to affected families of the city who sought refuge in the evacuation centers.
The CSWDO added that some residents went back to their homes after the flooding that their respective villages subsided.
Five barangays in the city were hit by landslides as the city’s commercial area experienced heavy flooding spawned by Urduja.
No casualty was recorded in Catbalogan due to the onslaught of the typhoon.
Mayor Uy-Tan was thankful for the cooperation of the residents by heeding their call to evacuate to safer grounds, especially those living in the danger zones.
The city council, upon the recommendation of Mayor Uy-Tan, placed Catbalogan under a state of calamity on December 15.