‘Auring’ affects around 50,000 families; leaves 1 dead, 4 missing – NDRRMC

Freema Gloria   •   February 24, 2021   •   211

A total of 49,947 families have been affected by the tropical storm Auring according to the updated report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The CARAGA region was particularly the hardest hit as it recorded 47,791 affected families, one fatality due to drowning, four missing after a boat capsized in Surigao del Sur, and two injuries.

The council said 18,996 families or 69,682 individuals are currently sheltered in evacuation centers in Regions VI, VII, VIII, X, and CARAGA.

A total of 679 houses were destroyed in Regions VIII, X, XI, and CARAGA; 226 of them were totally wrecked and 453 were partially damaged.

Twelve roads and two bridges were affected in Regions V, VI, VIII, XI and Caraga.

The NDRRMC data showed that the affected areas incurred a total of P21,437,542  cost of damage in the agriculture sector and around P2.8 million in infrastructures.

The Department of Social and Welfare Development and the local government units in Regions X and CARAGA provided more than P3.2 million worth of assistance.

‘Bising’ leaves 3 dead, affects over 229K families – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three people were killed and a total of 59,098 families or 229,829 persons were affected in the onslaught of Typhoon Bising in the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, and CARAGA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said 10 persons were injured while one was reported missing.

The casualties were reported in Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Davao regions. The agency, however, noted that it is still validating the report.

The NDRRMC also reported that six road sections and a bridge are currently not passable in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, while a total of 63 municipalities have experienced a power outage due to Bising.

A total of 2,507 passengers, 939 rolling cargoes, and 59 vessels were also stranded in various ports of Bicol, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas regions.

The agency also reported a total of 1,022 houses that were damaged in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and CARAGA regions due to the typhoon.

Bising’s damage to agriculture also reached a total of P45,930,550.10 in Bicol and Eastern Visayas areas.

Damage to infrastructure was also reported at P10,550,000, the NDRRMC said.

Several areas flooded; over 68K residents evacuated in Bicol, Eastern Visayas due to ‘Bising’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

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.

‘Surigae’ may intensify into severe tropical storm within the next 24 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tropical storm east of Mindanao (international name “Surigae”) has slightly intensified while almost stationary, according to the latest data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, the weather system is expected to move generally north-northwestward or northward while slightly slowing down though tomorrow morning (15 April).

It is seen to turn west-northwestward and gradually accelerate prior to its expected entrance to the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday (16 April).

PAGASA added that “Surigae” may intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

It is forecast to continuously intensify throughout the forecast period and may reach typhoon category by Friday.

Once inside PAR, the weather system will be named “Bising,” the second tropical cyclone in the Philippines this year.

“Surigae” remains less likely to directly affect the country over the next three days though PAGASA advises the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices to continuously monitor for updates on this tropical cyclone through the agency’s official website.

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