A total of 18,467 families or 68,490 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions due to the effects of Typhoon Bising, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.
In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said that 22 barangays in Eastern Visayas were flooded due to rains brought by Bising.
Two road sections and one bridge were also reported not passable in Biliran and Eastern Samar.
The NDRRMC also reported that 19 towns in the provinces in Leyte, Cebu, Southern Leyte, and Eastern Samar have also experienced power interruption.
A total of 2,213 passengers, as well as 896 cargoes, and 61 vessels, were also stranded in the ports of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Central Visayas after 17 sea trips were suspended due to the typhoon.
The agency also reported that all incoming and outgoing flights in Tacloban airports were canceled as of 3 p.m. April 18. Six domestic flights in other areas were also canceled on Sunday.
Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength as it slowly moves north-northwestward, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said that moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and the northern portion of Leyte on Monday.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also prevail over the northern portion of Aurora and the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan and Isabela, it added.
Typhoon Bising was last spotted at 235 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 360 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte.
It packs maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour.
“On the forecast track, Typhoon “Bising” will move generally northward or north-northwestward until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Afterward, the typhoon will move generally northeastward or east-northeastward away from the landmass of Luzon,” the state weather bureau said.
“The typhoon is forecast to gradually weaken from its current intensity throughout the remainder of the forecast period,” it added.