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‘Tisoy’ makes churches open doors to evacuees

‘Tisoy’ makes churches open doors to evacuees

Residents gather inside an evacuation area in preparation for Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi City, Albay Dec. 2. Thousands of residents living along the coastline have been evacuated as Albay and nearby provinces in the Bicol region brace for typhoon “Tisoy”. BASILIO SEPE/GREENPEACE HANDOUT

By CBCP News

December 2, 2019

Manila, Philippines

As typhoon “Tisoy” barrels towards land, parish churches in the Bicol region have opened their doors to evacuees.

Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi that churches and pastoral halls would need to serve as evacuation centers as the tropical cyclone come closer.

“For those parishes near the designated evacuation centers, kindly offer your parish/public restrooms for the use of our brothers and sisters in the evacuation centers,” he said.

Bishop Baylon also called on the parishes to help prepare for the arrival of the typhoon.

“Let us also join our government agencies, especially those in charge of disaster risk reduction and management, in helping keep our parishioners safe,” he said.

The prelate earlier issued an “obligatory prayer” that “we may be saved from disaster”.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Caceres has also invited the public to join in prayers “for the safety of everyone.

State weather bureau PAGASA said that “Tisoy” is expected to make landfall in the Bicol region, specifically Sorsogon, Albay or Catanduanes between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The typhoon carries a strength with maximum winds of 150 km/h and gustiness of up to 185 km/h, with several areas placed under Signal No. 3, while Metro Manila is already under Signal No. 2.