Death toll in Nepal floods rises to 55, thousands displaced

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2019   •   1311

The death toll in Nepal from flash floods and landslides rose to 55 on Sunday (July 14), with dozens missing and injured, the government said.

Ten thousand people have been displaced from their homes as incessant monsoon rains pounded many areas in mostly mountainous Nepal since Thursday (July 11), submerging large areas of land, inundating homes, and destroying bridges and roads across the country.

A Home Ministry statement said 55 people had been confirmed dead and 33 injured, with 30 still missing.

India’s north eastern state of Assam has also been hard hit by the floods brought by the monsoon, with at least 1.5 million people displaced and 10 dead.

In the Chittagong division of Bangladesh there have been 10 deaths and about 500,000 displaced, with 200 villages flooded.

Officials said in some areas rains had eased but rivers in the eastern part of the country were still above flood level.

The Kosi River, which flows into the eastern Indian state of Bihar, was among those that had risen above the flood level.

The Kosi has been a serious concern for both India and Nepal since it broke its banks in 2008 and changed course, submerging large areas of land and affecting more than 2 million people in India’s Bihar state. (REUTERS)

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Wishcovery season 2 champion Rhea Basco explores exotic underwater sites of Mabini with ‘The Dive’

UNTV News   •   December 7, 2019

Rhea Basco

According to Wishcovery Season 2 grand champion, Rhea Basco, her childhood dream was to become a mermaid, inspired by the animated version of the classic fairytale, The Little Mermaid.

And for a day, she was finally able to live this fantasy through scuba diving in Mabini, Batangas when she joined the crew of UNTV’s travel series, “The Dive” on its latest episode.

With over 80 beaches and dive resorts, Mabini is dubbed as the “Diving Capital” of Batangas Province.

It has 26 world-class dive sites, including four protected marine sanctuaries – Arthur’s Rock, Batong Buhay, Twin Rocks and Cathedral dive site.

Mabini is also the location of Anilao – believed to be the “Birthplace of Philippine Scuba Diving”. Anilao is well-known as the “Mecca of Macro Fauna” due to its spectacular marine critters, making it one of the most-visited diving destinations of local and international underwater photographers.

With two and a half to three hours of land travel from Metro Manila, Mabini is one of the nearest destinations where beach chasers can go to level up their travel adventure through scuba diving.

Join Rhea in her first-ever scuba diving adventure in Mabini, Batangas and find out the reasons why scuba diving in Anilao should be added to your bucket list.

Discover the marine jewels of Mabini this coming Sunday, 11:00 AM with your weekly diving buddy, The Dive, only on UNTV. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling

Watch the live stream on the following social media accounts:

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Tisoy death toll now at 13

Maris Federez   •   December 4, 2019

A handout photo made available by Greenpeace-Philippines shows villagers working among damaged houses in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi city, Albay Province, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/BASILIO SEPE

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll on the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy (International Name: Kammuri) has now reached 13.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 data, five were confirmed dead in the Bicol region, with one person recorded injured.

The Mimaropa Public Information Office, on the other hand, reported four fatalities in Oriental Mindoro and one in the province of Marinduque.

Calabarzon recorded two deaths in Quezon Province, while Leyte reported one fatality in Ormoc City.

So far, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has not issued an official death toll on Tisoy’s aftermath.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said they are still verifying the reported fatalities.

The families of deceased victims will be given P20,000 financial aid, while those who were injured by the typhoon will be handed out P10,000.

The agency is still conducting damage assessment in infrastructure and agriculture.

“Yung assessment po sa Bicol at sa Samar provinces na dinaanan ng bagyo, ongoing. At nakikita po natin na ‘yung mga reports na nagkaroon ng mga pagbaha doon sa area, ito po’y unti-unting pinapadala sa atin ng mga kasamahan natin from the ground,” Timbal said.

The latest data from the NDRRMC said more than 100,000 families or over 400,000 individuals in Regions 3, 5, 8, NCR and Mimaropa were evacuated from their homes.

The NDRRMC has assured that relief goods are available and ready to be distributed in case affected provinces, even those under a state of calamity, will signify their need for additional supplies. (with inputs from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

UNTV Cup: Judiciary upsets, stops AFP winning streak

UNTV News   •   December 3, 2019

AFP Cavaliers’ big man Jeffrey Quiambao was seen back in action after missing almost the entire 1st round elimination due to shoulder injury.  PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL

Tough defense was Judiciary’s main weapon in defeating the three-time and defending champion AFP Cavaliers last Sunday, 78-72.

“Yung ensayo namin double effort kasi kalaban namin three-time champion, kailangan talaga sila paghandaan. At saka depensa namin medyo maganda kanina kaya siguro tinalo namin sila,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.

On the other hand, AFP Cavaliers head coach Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat II said, “Medyo nagkaroon ng lapses sa defense, yung game plan hindi ginawa.”

Hailed as Best Players of the Game were Jearomel Serrano, who nailed 5 three-pointers, and Chester Tolomia with 17 points.

“Sobrang saya kami […] yung team namin medyo nag-improve talaga yung sa depensa,” Chester Tolomia expressed.

“Eto yung halos pinakamalakas na team ngayon [AFP Cavaliers], kahit papaano nagawan namin ng magandang laban yung AFP at ang resulta nanalo kami,” co-BPG awardee Jearomel Serrano said.

Only the Cavalier Darwin Cordero scored in double digits, 32 points, for AFP.

Because of tough defense, the usual AFP gunners, Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod, were restricted in the scoring department.

Meanwhile, Wilfredo Casulla Jr. was not present in the clash as he is undergoing mandatory schooling for career advancement if the Philippine Air Force which will end after two months.

AFP Cavaliers has now dropped to 2nd place in the ranking with 6 wins and 1 loss, leaving the DENR Warriors on top.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Magis improved its record with 3 wins and 3 losses.

In the other game, Marvin Mercado recorded a double-double stat line with 28 points, 14 rebounds plus 3 assists and 1 steal to lift the NHA Builders against the Agriculture Food Masters, 74-72.

“Practice pa rin kami, tapos dasal. Ini-involve namin lahat ng players, yun ang nagpapaganda ng laro namin kaya kami nanalo,” Best Player of the Game Marvin Mercado confessed.

“Inayos namin yung mga plays namin, yung mga depensa namin. Salamat naman sa end game nanalo rin kami. Tatlong game na kami talo sa end game so hopefully gumaganda na yung laro nila sa end game, na-co-contain na namin yung aming panalo,” NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad expressed.

And in the third game, PITC Global Traders climbed to the 4th spot after serving the Malacañang-PSC Kamao its second loss, 68-58.

“Wala lang laban lang talaga, we are just working hard every practice, every game, so I hope magtuloy-tuloy,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano admitted.

Marlon Keith Martin was honored as the Best Player with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On next Sunday’s game (December 8), PhilHealth Plus will go against Judiciary Magis at 2 pm while NHA will take on PITC and AFP- Malacañang-PSC will be pitched as the main game of the triple-header.

Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis

THE SCORES

Game 1: Judiciary def. AFP, 78-72

Judiciary 78 – Tolomia 17,  Serrano 15, Salamat 10, Ybañez 8, Puno 6, Litonjua 6, Dionisio 4, Mustre 4, Marquez 3, Dela Cruz 3

AFP 72 – Cordero 32, Tan 8, Lumongsod 8, Fernandez 6, Rosopa 5, Quiambao 4, Zuñiga 2, Bautista 3, Pascual 2, Almerol 2

Quarter Scores: 23-21, 46-39, 62-51, 78-72

Team Statistics

Judiciary : 32/67 FGm/a, 0.478% FG%,  11/27 3FGm/a, 0.407% 3FG%, 3/7 FTm/a, 0.429% FT%,   25 Rebs.,  8 Asts., 10 Stls., 3 Blks., 13 TOs

AFP :  29/61 FGm/a, 0.475% FG%,  8/21 3FGm/a,  0.381%  3FG%, 6/10 FTm/a,   0.600% FT%,  29 Rebs., 11 Asts., 6 Stls.,  1 Blks., 17 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Jearomel Serrano – 15 PTS, 1 REB

Chester Tolomia –  17 PTS, 6 REB,  2 AST,  1 STL

Game 2:  NHA def. Agriculture, 74-72

NHA 74 – Mercado 28, Lustestica 12, J. Dizon 12, Prado 8, W. Tibay 7, Adolfo 3, M. Dizon 2, Crisostomo 2

Agriculture 72 –  Casaysayan 17, Silva 11, Fernandez 10, Oreta 9, Mastelero 8,  Manigo 8, Comerciase 6, Dematera 3

Quarter Scores: 16-11, 38-32,  54-51, 74-72,

Team Statistics

NHA : 26/61 FGm/a, 0.426% FG%,  10/28 3FGm/a,   0.357%  3FG%,  12/18 FTm/a,  0.667%  FT%,  43 Rebs., 12 Asts., 3 Stls.,   1 Blks., 13 TOs

Agriculture :  26/77 FGm/a, 0.338% FG%,  8/31 3FGm/a, 0.258%  3FG%, 12/19 FTm/a, 0.632% FT%, 29  Rebs.,  16 Asts., 11 Stls., 2 Blks., 7 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Marivin Mercado –   28 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL

Game 3:  PITC def. Malacañang-PSC, 68-58

PITC 68 – Martin 17, Regalado 12, Gecale 9, Vasallo 8, Almarinez 7, Lopez 6, Taplah 5, Juan 4

Malacañang-PSC 58 – Punzalan 14, Dela Cuesta 8, Jimenez 8, Besa 6, N. Javier 6, Garrido 5, Ignario 4, Antonio 4, V. Javier 3

Quarter Scores:  21-13, 39-29, 51-38, 68-58

Team Statistics

PITC : 23/51 FGm/a, 0.451% FG%,   9/25 3FGm/a,   0.360% 3FG%,  13/24 FTm/a,   0.542% FT%,  29 Rebs., 8 Asts., 9 Stls., 0  Blks., 17 TOs

Malacañang-PSC :  22/59 FGm/a,  0.373% FG%, 3/21 3FGm/a,  0.143% 3FG%,  11/18 FTm/a,  0.611% FT%,   33 Rebs., 6 Asts., 8 Stls., 0 Blks., 17 TOs

BEST PLAYERS OF GAME:

Marlon Martin – 17  PTS,  3 REB,  1 STL

STANDING:

DENR  6-0

AFP 6-1

Malacañang-PSC 5-2

PITC 4-2

NHA 4-3

Agriculture 4-3

Judiciary 3-3

PhilHealth 2-4

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