Mahigit sa 8,000 pamilya sa Catanduanes inilikas dahil sa bagyong ‘Bising’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021   •   187

Umabot sa kabuuang 8,205 pamilya o 32,491 indibiduwal ang inilikas sa Catanduanes dahil sa pananalasa ng bagyong Bising.

Karamihan sa mga inilikas na residente ay mula sa coastal areas at mga lugar na lantad sa banta ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa.

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dan Gersalia sa programang Ito Ang Balita, halos dalawang araw nang nararamdaman sa Catanduanes ang mga pag-ulan at hanging dala ng bagyo.

May ilang insidente na rin ng minor landslide ang naitala, maging ang pagtaas ng antas ng tubig sa mga ilog sa ilang bahagi ng Catanduanes.

Sa bayan ng San Andres, may ilang poste na rin ng kuryente ang natumba habang wala namang supply ng kuryente sa ilang bahagi ng lalawigan matapos itong putulin mula pa noong Linggo ng tanghali bilang paghahanda sa bagyo.

Sa bayan ng Virac, may ilang lugar ding nawalan ng supply ng tubig bilang bahagi ng preventive shutdown measures ng water service provider.

Gumagana naman ang mga linya ang komunikasyon sa lalawigan.

Tiniyak ng lokal na pamahalaan na patuloy ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa mga pamilyang inilikas dahil sa bagyong Bising.

Ang Catanduanes ay nasa ilalim ng Tropical Cycline Wind Signal number two, pati na ang ilang bahagi ng Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, at Samar at Eastern Samar.

Nakataas naman ang Signal Number One ilang bahagi ng Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Quezon kabilang na ang Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Masbate kabilang na ang Burias at Ticao Islands, Biliran, Leyte, at ang nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Samar at Eastern Samar, pati na ang dulong bahagi ng Cebu kabilang na ang mga isla ng Bantayan at Camotes.

Ayon sa PAGASA, maaaring makaranas ng malalakas na pag-ulan hanggang sa araw ng Martes ang mga rehiyon ng Bicol at Northern Samar pati na ang ilang bahagi ng Aurora at mainland Cagayan at Isabela.

Sa pagtaya ng PAGASA, maaaring kumilos lumayo ang bago sa kalupaan ng Luzon  sa araw ng Miyerkules o Huwebes.

Mark your stargazing calendars! Witness meteor showers, lunar eclipse in May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse in May.

About 20 or more meteors per hour will be seen from the sky as the Earth passes close to the orbit of Halley’s comet, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.

“The point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer,” PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, on May 26, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippine sky. The entire event will be seen in South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 4:47 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PhST) and will end at 9:49 p.m. (PhST).

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:14 P.M. on 26 May and will set at 4:49 A.M. on 27 May 2021.

The state weather bureau assured that lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. AAC

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC

‘Bising’ affects over 300,000 people; leaves over P200M damage in agri, infra

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Four people were killed and a total of 302,564 persons or 75,448 families were affected due to the onslaught of Typhoon Bising, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

In its latest situational report, the NDRRMC said the affected residents were from 1,030 barangays in Regions II, V, VIII, and CARAGA. Of which, 2,870 families or 12,228 persons are currently staying in 170 evacuation centers, while 4,479 families or 17,779 persons sought shelter with their relatives and/or friends.

The number of people reported as injured remains at 13 in Regions V, VII, VIII, and XI, the agency said.

All six road sections and bridges, previously reported not passable in Regions V and VIII, are now open to vehicular traffic.

The power supply in 54 out of 63 cities and municipalities in Regions V, VII, and VII were already restored, the NDRRMC said.

A total of 1,468 houses were also reported damaged due to the typhoon.

The NDRRMC said a total of P218,288,528.50 worth of damage to agriculture was incurred in Regions V and VIII; while a total of P10,550,000 worth of damage to infrastructure was also reported in the said regions.

A total of 738 passengers, 512 rolling cargoes, and 34 vessels were stranded in ports of CALABARZON, Region V, VII, and CARAGA.

Based on the latest PAGASA update, Typhoon Bising may exit the Philippine area of responsibility over the weekend.

Rough to very rough sea conditions, however, are expected over the northern Luzon seaboards as the typhoon accelerates away from the landmass.

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